Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District and The Land Conservancy of British Columbia are pleased to announce a land acquisition of 1.17 hectares to complete Brooks Point Regional Park on South Pender Island.
“This parcel of land has been high on the CRD Regional Parks’ priority list for a decade,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “Purchasing the parcel takes advantage of a prime opportunity to join two park segments that were separated by private property.”
CRD and TLC have partnered to purchase the parcel. Under the agreement, the CRD will borrow $1,650,000 and pay the principal back over five years. TLC will pay the interest costs estimated to be $216,525 and are currently looking for conservation donors, buyers or investors to help cover the price. The CRD will need to borrow funds because financial resources in the Land Acquisition Fund were committed to the $15.8 million purchase of the Western Forest Products land in Jordan River and the Sooke Hills in March 2010.
“With this acquisition we are adding some of the most spectacular and beautiful waterfront in the Gulf Islands to the Regional Parks system. The park provides beach access, amazing marine views, and an abundance of wildflowers,” said TLC Executive Director Bill Turner.
In approving the acquisition the CRD Board indicated that its intent, if possible, is to recover all or a portion of the purchase price by selling a portion of the property after the Regional Parks’ goal of linking the two existing parcels is secured. CRD and TLC will work with the Pender Island community to explore options to raise funds to cover the net purchase cost of the property.
Brooks Point Regional Park is an oceanfront park featuring an intertidal rocky shore and beach, meadows and commanding views of Boundary Pass and the San Juan Islands. The CRD, TLC, Pender community and other partners raised funds to purchase the original 4.8 hectares, including Gowlland Point, in 1998 and 2000.
Map of Brooks Point Park Acquisition
-30- For further information, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | cell: 250.889.8030
Bill Turner, Executive Director
The Land Conservancy of British Columbia
Tel: 250.479.8053 | cell: 250.589.8024