Building Communities – Bridging Continents might be the 2010-11 Rotary moto but the Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak chose to provide a community bridge for the hikers, dog-walker, cyclists and cross-country skiers who want to gain access to the Great Northern Trail from Cottonwood Park.
For new Rotarian Pat Gibson, working on the bridge brought to fruition a dream that she had when she first moved to Nelson 40 years ago. She was pleased to do her part to provide a safe creek crossing for outdoor enthusiasts.
Lead by Bridge Committee Chair, Roger Higgins, club members donated approximately 150 man-hours to the project. The Regional District of Central Kootenay gave their support for the project and the club received assistance of donations in kind from many locals including Marvin Work of Bear Spring Enterprises and the Mount Sentinel Interact Club that provided the beams, Kalesnikoff Lumber provided wood, B’habra Excavating provided concrete block placement and leveling, Nelson Ready Mix provided concrete blocks and crush, U-Haul provided the trailer and DM Willems, P.Eng. of Effistruc Consulting Inc. provided drawings. Permits were issued by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Fisheries to make the project possible. Thanks to volunteer Rotarians Roger Higgins, Marvin Work, Marcello Piro, Dave Simpson, Mike McIndoe, Derek Deiner, Sandra England, Willem Oudemans, Sheila Hart, Marilyn Miller, Pat Gibson, Paula Kiss and to the friends of Rotary Bernie Van hooft, Stephen Hart, Alex Vermaat.