Steveston’s south dyke trail has been nominated to become one of the “Great Places in Canada.”
The picturesque trail, put forward by a member of the public, is up against 42 other entries for the bragging rights and prize contest, set up two years ago by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).
The contest has three categories: Great Street; Great Neighbourhood and Great Public Space, with the south dyke entered into the last of the three.
The anonymous Richmondite behind the nomination described in their entry how the walking, running and relaxation offered by the trail are “critical” to the wellbeing of the community.
“It allows people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and be active,” added the nominator.
The dyke, he or she pointed out, is also “accessible to everyone,” “allows one to disconnect from the hustle and stress of daily lives,” is a “great natural environment for running and jogging” and “It's a hidden gem.
“Downtown Vancouver may have the seawall, but in Richmond we have the dyke trail!”
The deadline for entries is Monday, Sept. 2, while the cut-off for voting on your favourite place is Sept. 23.
The winners in each category will be determined by a combination of the number of public votes each place receives and the expert opinion of a panel of professional planners chosen by the CIP.
The initial nominator of the winning Great Street, Great Neighbourhood and Great Public Space categories will each receive a Asus Nexus 7 32GB Android Multi-Touch Display Tablet.
The initial nominator of the People's Choice in the street, neighbourhood, and public space categories will each receive a Canon Powershot SX500 IS Digital Camera Bundle.
The People's Choice in each category will be determined by online voters.
Public voting in last year’s contest was fierce, according to the CIP’s Gary Noble, noting that 200,000 votes were received from across the country.
“Some intense rivalries were being played out, with city mayors and entire communities getting involved in the voting,” said Noble.
“Last year’s winner, Cape Fortune in Nova Scotia, got quite a bit of attention and I think there were some spin-offs from tourism.”
As well as the material prizes, the mayor of the winning city will be presented with a plaque, marking the accolade.
Noble said the CIP set up the contest in 2011 to give people a chance to express what they thought were great places, but also to highlight the role of professional planning in such locations.
To vote for the south dyke trail, go to www.cip-icu.ca/greatplaces.
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