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West Van mayor opens new section of Cypress’s Mountain Path and Trestle Bridge

A portion of the upper Mountain Path and new Trestle Bridge were opened on Thursday, as part of the larger trail network linking Cypress Village and Chippendale Road.

About 50 people came out to celebrate the opening of a new section of the upper Mountain Path on Cypress Thursday (Dec. 2), with the adjoining new Trestle Bridge lit up for the holidays.

West Vancouver Mayor Mary-Ann Booth was joined by the president of British Pacific Properties, Geoff Croll, to cut the ribbon.

The new upper Mountain Path is a 2.1-kilometre paved pathway from the new Cypress Pop-Up Village to Chippendale Road.

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The path forms part of a broader system of trails connecting the Rodgers Creek neighbourhoods to Westmount Creek, and will eventually be constructed all the way to Cypress Pop-Up Village. When complete, there will be more than five kilometres of paths between Chippendale Road and Cypress Village.

Officially opening to the public on Saturday, the new 200-metre-long Trestle Bridge has been lit up for the holidays. Taking inspiration from wooden train bridges around the province, like West Vancouver’s Houlgate Creek trestle and the Kettle Valley Railway bridges in the Okanagan, the bridge was built using local cedar and fir timbers in hopes to reduce the environmental impact.

Meanwhile, a new piece of public art was added to the Cypress Pop-Up Village on Cypress Bowl Road. Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) carver Tawx'sin Yexwulla (Aaron Nelson-Moody’s) Cypress Eagle now sits at the entrance to The Shed, welcoming those to the public space.