Friday, March 04, 2011

Plans for Island View Beach Regional Park

The Capital Regional District has sent out another press release about a local park, one used by many kayakers. Here it is:

Media Release
For Immediate Release March 1, 2011
CRD Seeks Community Input to Set Future Direction for Island View Beach Regional Park

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District is updating the management plan for Island View Beach Regional Park, a 51 hectare park and campground in Central Saanich.
“Island View Beach is the third most popular regional park in the district, with an estimated 330,133 visits in 2010,” said Christopher Causton, CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair. “We want to hear the public’s ideas and comments to help set the future management direction for this treasured park. Our goal is to provide a framework for exception parkland stewardship and outstanding visit experiences.”
The management plan addresses ecological conservation, cultural heritage conservation, visitor experience and activvities, and park development. It was originally developed in 1998. Since that time, additional parkland has been purchased which includes a seasonal camppground operated by Regional Parks.
Regional Parks want to hear from the public to:
•Develop a vision and set out park management goals to protect the natural environment and cultural features of the park
•Define specific actions to achieve the vision and goals
•Identify the types of outdoor recreational activities
•Identify the types and locations of park facilities and services

Staff will offer a guided interpretive walk around the park prior to the public meeting, which includes a formal presentation and discussion.

Public Meeting - Wednesday, March 16
Island View Beach Regional Park
5-5:45pm Guided nature walk in the park (meet at Island View Beach picnic shelter)
At Saanich Historical Artefacts Society, 7321 Lochside Drive
6-7pm Open House
7-9pm Presentation and Discussion

The public may also submit ideas and comments through an online response form at until March 25, 2011.
For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communication Coordinator, Regional Parks Capital Regional District
Tel: 250.360.3332
Cell: 2500.889.8030

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