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Notice of application to rename Herd Road Park
March 11, 2022
An application has been submitted to rename Herd Road Park, “Andy HUTCHINS Park”. The family supports the application to honour and recognize Andy, who passed away on May 21, 2021. Andy inspired through passion and commitment for his community in which he took on a multitude of leadership roles. Over many years, wherever and whenever he was needed Andy played a significant role in the sporting community and/or firefighting.
These included and not limited to:
- A firefighter with the North Cowichan Maple Bay Department for over 45 years and fire chief for 23 of those years. In that time, he assisted in rewriting and updating training standards, policies and procedures for all North Cowichan departments.
- A dedicated Cowichan Rugby Football Club member where he rose through the ranks from the juniors to the seniors, then served as a supporter and advisor after his playing days.
- He was a founding member and past-president of the Maple Bay Rowing Club, and supported his wife, Kathleen, in organizing the annual regatta on Quamichan Lake for 35 years.
- Andy was an integral part of the Cowichan Sportsplex Board which he led many expansion projects including the track installation, the subsequent resurfacing, the construction of the field hockey pitch and ball fields. He was instrumental in ensuring the Cowichan Sportsplex which was a vital facility for the success of the BC Senior Games in 2005 exceeded all expectations.
- He also served for the last 10 years on the KidSport Board in which has raised over $500,000 during that time and provided grants to sports organizations so “that all kids can play”. 2100 kids have benefitted through this effort.
- Canada Day in Maple Bay. Always prominent and on the frontlines volunteering to make this event special for his community.
- Andy also served on North Cowichan’s Sports Wall of Fame Committee since its inception in 2008.
- In 2013. Andy was recognized by the Province with the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for Service. Recipients of the medal were honoured for significant contributions to a province, territory, region or community within Canada.
So why Herd Road Park? Andy was Maple Bay’s most recognizable figure. A giant in that community. The former Maple Bay Fire Department looked over this Park and Andy actually organized a softball team that played their home games on this park. The Park has and continues to transform with a dog park, pickle ball and a children’s playground. The existing name comes from being located on Herd Road. The name “Herd” will continue to be prominent on one of the longest and busiest used roads in North Cowichan.
The deadline to submit comments is April 8, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
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