News update Fall 2017

There are lots of things happening at the South Star Recreation Trails this year.  The most dramatic change is visible as soon as you enter at the trailhead - a beautiful new parking lot.  This has been constructed because of the congestion occurring during the winter ski season, most notably on weekends. Cars parked on 38th avenue and 53rd St. were becoming a hazard because they blocked access for emergency vehicles and local residents.  The new lot is 20 metres wide and 75 metres long and should accommodate up to 50 vehicles if people park carefully.  The gate closing the road at the end of 38th avenue will be open during the ski season but will remain closed during the rest of the year when parking on the streets seems to accommodate the volume of trail users.

We wish to express thanks and gratitude to Canfor forest products, Fiorentino Bros. construction, and  Recreation Sites and Trails BC for their contributions to making this parking lot a reality.  The quality of the work is first class and will provide an improved experience for both trail users and local residents. 

In addition to the parking lot, a new outhouse will be installed approximately 50 metres from the gate on Easy Street, adjacent to the parking lot. 

Users will immediately notice a large haul road constructed between 53rd Street and the power line.  This road runs to the Gold Creek Road and will facilitate removal of much of the forest cover in the area.  This logging is being done to provide a Wildfire Interface and will result in the land being left with one tree every 10 metres.  This is part of a provincially designed program to protect houses from the threat of wildfires.  While the initial appearance will be dramatically different from what now exists, the removal of fuel and tree cover will facilitate control of any future fires approaching inhabited areas.  Over time, it is hoped that native grass and plants will replace the raw forest floor and result in a natural appearing open area.  Please note that no changes are planned for the areas south (uphill) from the power line.

The haul road will be decommissioned when logging is finished.  Expected finish date is end of November.

The recent storms have deposited many trees across trails, and volunteers are working hard to have all of these cleared off before the snow flies. We anticipate being able to groom for cross country skiing in much the same manner as last year.  Some changes are being considered and will be announced at a later date. 

We are thrilled to announce that we have a new website <www.southstartrails.com>  which has been constructed by Ryan Ali, a professional in web design, as a tribute to his mother, the late Teresa Ali. Teresa was a founding member and supporter of the trails as well as a good friend to many people in the community.   On the website there is general information as well as  a section where you can become a supporter  for a small fee of $25/year (family) or $20 (single).   We encourage regular trail users to become supporters.  We also ask that those who do not choose to become supporters help us with expenses by depositing a twonie in the black box at the entrance to Easy Street for each time you ski.  These funds help us maintain machinery and keep the trails in good condition.  All labour is volunteer and there are no paid employees.

Any questions or comments can be directed to <southstartrails@gmail.com>. 

Rocke Robertson

for the South Star Recreation Society

Alexander Robertson