The community's done its part to help build Cowichan Bay's Estuary Nature Centre.
Now it's provincial and federal taxpayers' turn to fund Hecate Park's eco-observation and education centre expected to open by March 31, explained Kai Reitzel of the Cowichan Land Trust.
The land trust recently signed funding agreements with Ottawa's West Coast Community Adjustment Program, and provincially-supported Island Coastal Economic Trust.
"In September, we had the 10 per cent to qualify for the grant funding from West Coast and ICE-T," said Reitzel, proud of the $350,000 project donated $35,000 by Cowichanians.
"We exceeded our goal and have actually raised roughly $40,000 through local donations from businesses, groups and individuals."