Rotarians Serving the Community
Following a four month hiatus due to Covid-19, Parksville AM Rotarians once again joined Little Mountain residents and members of the Back Country Hunters and Anglers to finish the job they started over two years ago - taking out the trash at the bottom of Little Mountain!

About two-thirds of the garbage has now been removed, a staggering 14 tons. This has been the result of over 10 years of dumping from the top of the cliff, resulting in a disgusting mess at its base which has disfigured an area once known for the beauty of its pristine forest setting. 
 
To the Back Country Hunters and Anglers, preserving our unspoiled wilderness is integral to their mandate, so joining in this initiative was a natural partnership.  Parksville AM Rotarians are thankful for their strong backs and enthusiastic support.
 
Because the base of the cliff is accessible only by foot, it is not possible to remove the trash at ground level, making a helicopter lift the only viable option. Mike Gillen from Kestrel Helicopters has been unwavering in his support of this project and is committed to the final lift-off, likely in the fall of 2020.
 
Larger items such as sofas and car parts have been placed in fertilizer bags or will be roped together on the day of the lift, but the mountain is still littered with smaller items such as computer parts, golf balls and glass, all of which need to be picked up by hand.

Our return to the mountain did hold some surprises, including what appeared to be an engagement ring, along with the box it likely came in.  There was a lot of good-natured speculation about what had led to it going over the cliff!
 
Social distancing proved to be relatively simple, as workers chose their section of the mountain, grabbed a garbage bag and started filling it with debris. 
 
The extent of the dumping becomes even more evident during this painstaking task as it is revealed that the garbage has accumulated in layers.  Just when an area appears clear, a glint of glass signals that there is much more work to do beneath the surface.  And the fact that this is all done on the slope of the mountain base makes it all the more challenging.

 

While Rotarians are often known and recognized for their work on Rotary projects, many of our members work locally over and above their Rotary activities. Below is a listing of only some of the numerous organization that members of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM have devoted hours of volunteer time to support.  Need something done in the community - involve a Rotarian!

Service above self ...
The revitalization of Parksville's Shelly Park, suspended during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, is moving ahead once again.  On July 18, Parksville AM Rotarians joined neighbourhood residents to pick up shovels and wheelbarrows, taking yet another step forward in completing the job.
 
 
A Shelly Park Improvement page was posted in 2017, with the call to action: "Shelly Park needs improvements to make it the neighbourhood park it is meant to be!" 
 
Regular updates can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ShellyParkParksville/
 
In 2019, the Rotary Club of Parksville AM joined the neighbourhood to champion this project, committing both funds and muscle to help in its completion.
 
Prior to the work stoppage, pathways had been completed and cement pads poured for the placement of two concrete benches.
 
Two picnic tables, one wheelchair accessible, have since been ordered and arrangements made for installation by the City.
 
Socially distancing in the great outdoors, volunteers enthusiastically attacked the turf where cement pads will be poured for the picnic tables. 
 
Future work bees will include digging out gardens, adding top soil, planting flowers and shrubs, and installing an irrigation system.

From a neglected empty lot, Shelly Park is gradually being transformed through the efforts of neighbourhood residents, with the support of Rotary.  Stay tuned for future updates and photos of a vibrant community park which will be open to all to enjoy as it was intended.