Thursday, February 18, 2010

Island View Beach Campground Is Now Park!

Island View Beach is a good launch point for kayaking. There's a parking lot, a set of pit toilets that are really quite nice, and both a boat ramp & sloping gravel beach for launching conveniently. We've had several good outings from this beachfront park, which has great views looking both north and south along the Saanich Peninsula.
Today I received a press release from the Capital Regional District Parks department, and it's got great news. Not only did the CRD buy the private campground next to Island View Beach park back in October 2009, but the campground will be open in summer 2010!

The Times-Colonist newspaper wrote about this news story here. This is the CRD media release as it came to me:

February 18, 2010
Island View Beach Regional Park Campground To Re-Open This Summer
Victoria, BC -
The Island View Beach Regional Park campground in Central Saanich will be open this summer. The CRD Regional Parks Committee approved an interim plan to provide camping at Island View Beach for the 2010 and 2011 camping seasons.
In September 2009, CRD Regional Parks purchased land adjacent to Island View Beach Regional Park to complete the park boundary. The parcel included the previously privately owned RV and tenting campground.
Regional Parks is making improvements to the campground which include site cleanup, campground assessment and modification, re-naturalization of the foreshore to provide public access to the beach and containment of an infestation of carpet burweed (Soliva sessilis), an invasive plant. For safety and to prevent the spread of burweed, CRD Regional Parks is requesting the public avoid the campground area until it opens in May.
“Regional Parks will undertake a comprehensive planning review of the Island View Beach Management Plan, which will recommend long term use for the campground site,” said Christopher Causton, CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair. “This planning process will include the Cordova Shore Conservation Strategy, a business case, assessment of the campground, a public consultation process and an invasive species management plan.”
The improved campground will be designed and maintained to provide a high quality, self-contained camping experience. As well, it will connect to the day use areas to complete the parkas one contiguous area and ensure better protection of sensitive ecosystems.
For further information, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332
cell: 250.889.8030

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