CRD Plans To Purchase Additional Land for Island View Beach Regional Park

May 14, 2009

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District Board of Directors has given approval-in-principal for the acquisition of 25.7 hectares of land adjacent to Island View Beach Regional Park for $4.75 million.

“This parcel of land has been considered a priority by the CRD for 35 years,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “It has important natural and recreational values that will benefit residents of the region.”

Under the proposed land acquisition, the 9.9 hectares which have regional park value would be added to the park;15.8 hectares which do not have regional park value would be sold.

CRD proposes to borrow the money to purchase the land as there are limited funds remaining in the Regional Parks Land Acquisition Fund. Under bylaw, two thirds of municipalities and electoral areas must authorize the loan.

“The addition of this land will complete the park as one contiguous area,” said Parks Committee Chair Christopher Causton. “The new parcel offers public access to the shoreline along Haro Strait and forms a natural buffer between the shoreline and adjacent agriculture and rural residential land uses. This is also a fortuitous time for purchase of the land, considering current real estate values.”

The recreational vehicle campground and tenting area in the land parcel will remain open this summer. Future use of the land will be determined through a park management planning process.

Additional Information:
Island View Beach Backgrounder
Park Acquisition Map

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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3308
Cell: 250.216.4427