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General News · 7th May 2021
CCEDA - Loni
The Cortes Community Economic Development Association/CCEDA needs six picnic tables constructed by local craftspeople, using locally sourced wood. These tables must be constructed for long-lasting use, built for safety of users, and the wood preserved using a non-toxic finish provided by CCEDA.

Craftspeople can propose to make one, two, three, or all six tables.

This is your chance to show off your skills as a craftsperson, and the beauty of local wood!

Table design proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

-Functional dimensions for each table should not limit creativity in terms of overall shape and form, ie. curved shapes

-While we are encouraging picnic table designs different from the standard picnic table, an overall table height of approximately 30.5” (78 cm), and a bench height at 17” (43 cm) is encouraged for functionality

-Tables designed to accommodate one wheelchair is encouraged

-Wood or lumber for these tables shall be locally sourced

-Each table should be able to accommodate 6 humans or more

-Tables and benches do not need to be connected and all pieces must be moveable by 6 able-bodied people

-Successful proposals will include craftspeople who have experience with wood, how to select, prepare and design for rot-resistance, longevity, form and function

CCEDA is looking for picnic tables that are creative and attractive, safe and functional for users, and long-lasting. Details such as live-edge, weathered wood, or other such characteristics are very welcome, providing other criteria is met.

Project Materials

Contractors will use wood for their projects from local sources. If milled lumber is required, CCEDA will reserve wood materials at local mills, to be purchased by the contractor for their project.

Cedar or fir are the preferred wood material for tables.

Wood finish will be provided by CCEDA, SAICOS UV Protection Wood Finish Exterior: Contractors will be expected to apply the finish to their creation as part of the contract agreement.

Project delivery schedule

May 21: Deadline for proposal closes

May 31: Successful proposal submitters are notified

June 30: Tables are complete and delivered to the CCEDA lot


Contractors will either source their own wood to use for the tables, or purchase wood from a local mill. Successful project proposals will be awarded up to $1800 on the full completion and delivery per table. Amount of payment per table will be negotiated and is dependent on design, quality, and creativity.

Other than the SAICOS wood finish, contractors will provide all materials for their project. CCEDA will reserve wood at local mills for purchase by contractors, but contractors are also invited to provide their own locally sourced wood.

Picnic table design proposals are due on May 21, 2021 at 5 pm.

Please contact Loni Taylor for further information, or to submit a proposal, at

CCEDA is a non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to the long-term well-being of Cortes Island and those who live here. Through the community economic development model, we seek to support the growth of diverse, sustainable, and fulfilling island livelihoods and enterprises.

We are thankful to the BC Government's Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program which has provided funding and made this project possible. This project aims to provide an outdoor meeting and activity venue to support existing community programs needing to be modified due to COVID-19 protocols. After preparing the site for public use, these picnic tables will be used to provide COVID-safe public seating and gathering space adjacent to the community hall in the Mansons Landing commercial area.