Victoria, BC - CRD Regional Parks has purchased a parcel of land with important natural and recreational values to add to Island View Beach Regional Park. Christopher Causton, CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair, made the announcement today at the park, along with Central Saanich Mayor Jack Mar.
“More than thirty years ago, the CRD identified this land as a priority for our parks system,” Causton said. “The new parcel offers additional public access to the shoreline along Haro Strait and forms a natural buffer between the strait as well as adjacent agriculture and rural residential land uses.”
The CRD purchased 25.7 hectares of land, which completes the park as one contiguous area. 9.9 hectares of the parcel are deemed to have regional park value; the remaining 15.8 hectares are currently for sale.
“The municipalities and electoral areas gave unanimous authorization to the CRD to borrow $4.75 million for the land purchase,” said Central Saanich Mayor Jack Mar. “This benefits not only Central Saanich, but all residents of the Capital Regional District.”
The future use of the RV campground and tenting area within the land parcel will be determined through a planning process starting this fall and will include consultation with the public and the District of Central Saanich. A decision is expected in spring 2010.
Island View Beach Regional Park is a 67.73 hectare park with an expansive beach along the Haro Strait shoreline of the Saanich Peninsula. It features a panorama of land and seascapes including a long, sandy beach suitable for exploring, picnicking and swimming, as well as a fragile sand dune area. Some of BC's most threatened shorebirds nest on the ground within the park on isolated rocky islets, spits and shorelines, and several rare and beautiful plants can also be found there. The park offers a boat launch for access to Cordova Channel and Haro Strait.
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For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks