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Greenway is getting special attention

The Mission Creek Greenway is receiving some additional TLC this summer.

The popular 16.5-kilometre recreational trail normally sees several regional district parks services staff tending to it on a daily basis—from emptying trash cans to maintaining its bridges and other infrastructure to bylaw staff patrols for park safety.

But this summer,  thanks to funding from the Friends of Mission Creek Society, the regional district has hired a full-time summer student who is solely focusing on work along the Greenway corridor.

Blaine Cook is a natural resources sciences student at Thompson River University. Cook brings his many outdoor and wildlife skills to the job.

He started a 15-week work term with the regional district on May 17 and has been busy since with projects such as identifying and eradicating invasive weed species along the Greenway, staining kiosks, tidying bench and picnic areas  and landscaping.

Cook also has expertise in identifying and mounting insect specimens and has been assessing and organizing an insect collection at the Environmental Education Centre.

“Blaine is one of 13 university students hired by parks services this summer to supplement the work done by staff and complete special projects,” said Risti Lesperance, community relations liaison. “Summer student job positions are a wonderful way for students to gain valuable real world experience and job skills that they can use in their studies and assist them in finding employment in their field after graduation.”

 

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