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Notice of Construction - Labyrinth Walking Path in Waterwheel Park
March 9, 2017
On Monday, March 13, the construction of a Labyrinth Walking Path is scheduled to begin in Chemainus Waterwheel Park. The Labyrinth Walking Path is a joint project between the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society and the Rotary Club of Chemainus, with grant-in-aid support from the Municipality of North Cowichan.
What is a labyrinth walking path? Its not a maze, but rather a walking meditation path with a single winding footpath from the edge to the centre. There are no tricks, choices or dead ends in a labyrinth walk. They encourage participants of all ages; it can be a family outing or an individual experience. As a low-impact healthy exercise in an outdoor environment, research shows that walking meditations are highly efficient at reducing anxiety and eliciting a relaxation response. This can have long-term benefits including lower blood pressure and breathing rates, reduced incidents of chronic pain, reduction of insomnia, and other positive effects.
The Labyrinth Walking Path will be approximately 40 feet in diameter and will be located behind the waterwheel itself where a dugout canoe was previously located. Construction will include removing the existing wooden log structures, leveling the site and installing a retaining wall with a handrail system. We would like to thank residents and visitors for their patience during the time of construction.