This paper reviews the basic concepts of the Community Greenways structure. The author critically reviews examples - disused coal mines at Crofton, Chemainus, and Ladysmith, and others along the east coast of Vancouver Island - based on experience of the subsequent project consulting work. The beneficial impacts of greenway system planning are explained, specifically the beneficial impacts of community consultations in developing both a consensus solution and greater awareness of the requirements of mines and working landscapes. The paper also provides a critical assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed approach and an assessment of opportunities and strategies for future implementation of these ideas.
Backhouse, D.C. (2012). Community greenways ecological and recreational re-use of industrial landscapes. In A. B. Fourie & M. Tibbett (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Mine Closure. Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth (pp. 759-770).