New gate on Churchill Drive leading up to Mount Doug Park (Saanich Parks & Recreation / Facebook)

Art, meet function. Function, meet art!

Mount Doug hikers and drivers will soon be greeted by well-crafted Garry Oak Leaf gate at the base of Churchill Drive.

Earlier this week, crews from the District of Saanich did a trial run while the gate posts were being set, measured, and leveled. They were taken down shortly after, but should make a permanent return by next Thursday – once the footings have set, and the old gate is removed.

The design provides a 4′ opening when closed to enable accessibility to wheelchairs, strollers – including wide, multi-child versions, bicycles and pedestrians.

As previously, the gates will be opened each day at noon, and will close by approximately 11pm. This allows cyclists and walkers full access to the paved path all morning, encouraging  Victorians to take full advantage of the splendors Mount Doug has to offer.

With over 21kms of trails, panoramic city views, and the largest urban forest on the Peninsula, Mount Doug has long been a staple for active Victorians.

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