Enderby’s MV Beattie Elementary School is the home to a new trail which winds its way through a retention pond converted to mimic a natural wetland.
This project, the result of a partnership between the City of Enderby, School District 83 and the Shuswap Trail Alliance, provides educational and recreational opportunities for the students of MV Beattie while at the same time enhancing connectivity, walkability, and gathering spaces for the broader community.
“MV Beattie Elementary School is already an amazing community asset that we all enjoy,” said Enderby Mayor Howie Cyr.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that the city partnered with School District 83 and the Shuswap Trail Alliance to enhance MV Beattie as a space which fosters learning, recreation, and a sense of community.”
The city and school district engaged a landscape architect to develop a concept for the trail and retention pond which integrated connectivity, nature, and beauty.
The Shuswap Trail Alliance constructed the multi-use trail and planted vegetation and trees throughout the retention pond.
Principal Denise Brown identified numerous opportunities that the trail and wetland provide for the children of MV Beattie.
“We are absolutely delighted to have this trail and wetland at our school,” she said. “ The Shuswap Trail Alliance engaged the Grade 7 class to help out with the plantings and it was a wonderful learning experience for the kids.
“We also plan on using the trail for morning runs with the kids. The sky is really the limit with the recreational and learning opportunities that we have with this wonderful new asset.”