Victoria, BC- The public is invited to provide input on the CRD Regional Parks’ draft management plan which will guide the decision-making process for Ayum Creek, Kapoor, Sea to Sea, and Sooke Potholes. These four connected park units are located within a larger system of protected areas known as the Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt.
“The draft management plan provides the ideas for how each of these parks will be protected, managed and developed in the future,” said Christopher Causton, CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair. “The planning process for these park units has involved extensive input from the public, First Nations, governments and interest groups, as well as a Management Plan Advisory Group.”
The Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt, and these four park units, contain significant environmental and cultural resources in addition to outstanding recreational opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, swimming and equestrian use. These non-motorized activities will enable park visitors to remain in close touch with the natural environment.
“With the parks management plan now drafted, we are ready to go back to the public and solicit comments on the plan, prior to finalizing it,” said Parks and Community Services General Manager, Lloyd Rushton. “We invite the public to review the draft management plan and comment through the CRD website, or at one of our upcoming public meetings. The final plan will then go to the CRD Parks Committee and Board for adoption in early 2010.”
Regional Parks will have a booth at the District of Sooke’s Town Hall Meeting on November 30 from 4 - 8pm at the Sooke Community Hall and residents are also invited to attend one of two upcoming meetings in Sooke and Victoria.
Sooke, Tuesday, November 24
Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Rd.
3:30pm – 7:45pm
Victoria, Tuesday, December 1
Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard St.
3:30pm – 7:45pm
The format for both public meetings will be:
Open house 3:30 - 5:30pm
Presentation 5:30- 6:00pm
Facilitated Discussion 6:15 - 7:15pm
Report results, wrap up 7:15 - 7:45pm
The Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt is a visionary undertaking that will create a 10,000 hectare corridor of protected wilderness and parkland stretching from the Saanich Inlet in the east, to the Sooke Basin in the southwest, making it the largest area protected in parks in the Capital Regional District. Currently, 8,064 hectares are held as provincial, regional, or municipal park land. This represents approximately 82% of the total protected area needed to complete the belt. The four park units represent 26% of the Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt.
The management plan can be downloaded here. The deadline for comments is Nov. 30, 2009.
For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | Cell: 250.889.8030