April 14th, 2014 saw the City of Port Moody erect the official signage for “Bennie’s Trail” around the Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody. The trail is named in honor of Dave Bennie and his late father, Doug Bennie, both of whom loved the hatchery and volunteered countless hours ensuring its success. To read more about Doug and Dave’s volunteer history, click here…….
The interpretive trail loop was opened in October 2012 and was the culmination of two months of hard work by Dave Bennie, Kuldip Sing, Toufiq Paiman, Brian Wormald and several other volunteers. It was a great community effort. Teaming up with TD Tree Days and the Evergreen Foundation, approximately $2,000 worth of native trees and shrubs were planted around the hatchery and along the trail. Before that happened, PMES volunteers felt it would add more value if the planting and trail could be incorporated with a native species ‘identification plan’.
For this to happen, the public would need to be able to get into the forest to appreciate them. So, under the direction of Dave Bennie, several short trails were planned to navigate the forest that surrounds the hatchery building. After the planting, several footbridges over the beautiful small waterways were created using recycled materials; even the mulch which forms the bed for the trail was donated. Metal plates are attached to posts containing the plant’s common name, scientific name and photo. This is not only for the general public’s benefit but is now an adjunct to the PMES school programmes.
So, if you haven’t already, next time you’re down near the hatchery, take a short detour and enjoy our “Bennie’s Trail”!
On July 12th, 2014 the Mayor of Port Moody Mike Clay, other city dignitaries and community partners officiated at the ‘opening’ of Bennie’s Trail. On hand also were Vivienne Bennie (Dave’s mom and Doug’s widow) and Jean Folkestead (Doug’s sister) to accept the dedication in recognition of Doug’s contribution to the Society and community in general.
The event was covered by the local SNAPD Coquitlam newspaper as well. Check out their article at this link: http://www.snapcoquitlam.com/index.php?option=com_sngevents&id=697589