Victoria, BC- The Capital Regional District is gearing up for a busy summer in the district’s 32 parks and trails and requests the public’s help to protect natural areas and to help ensure safe, enjoyable outdoor experiences for all visitors.
“Our beaches at regional parks are particularly popular with residents and tourists because they are wonderful places to spend a day walking, swimming or picnicking,” said Janette Loveys, Acting General Manager of CRD Parks and Community Services. “Unfortunately, bylaw violations also increase during the summer season. While the majority of park visitors are respectful of natural areas and of others, we are finding it necessary to increase our enforcement of bylaw infractions.”
Alcohol consumption and violations by pet owners account for the majority of park infractions. Alcohol is prohibited in all regional parks and trails. From June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on leash when passing through beach and picnic areas and are not allowed to stay. As well, dogs must on the trail and under control at all times.
Last season, CRD Bylaw Enforcement Officers increased the number of municipal tickets written by approximately 66 percent. Bylaw Officers were deployed in greater numbers on strategic days in order to increase enforcement presence when high temperatures were forecast and during sunny long weekends. Bylaw Officers also conducted joint patrols with RCMP and municipal police officers in order to show a unified law enforcement presence.
“These strategies have been successful in decreasing the number of serious alcohol related incidents and public disturbances caused by park users,” said Loveys. “CRD will again be writing more fines for these types of offences and partnering with RCMP and local police agencies to carry out check stops to help curb inappropriate behaviour in regional parks.”
If the public witnesses a park violation they are asked to write it down and report it to CRD Regional Parks at 250.478.3344.
For more information please visit CRD Parks .
-30- For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks