Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District is updating the management plan for Island View Beach Regional Park, a 51 hectare park and campground in Central Saanich.
“Island View Beach is the third most popular regional park in the district, with an estimated 330,133 visits in 2010,” said Christopher Causton, CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair. “We want to hear the public’s ideas and comments to help set the future management direction for this treasured park. Our goal is to provide a framework for exceptional parkland stewardship and outstanding visitor experiences.”
The management plan addresses ecological conservation, cultural heritage conservation, visitor experience and activities, and park development. It was originally developed in 1989. Since that time, additional parkland has been purchased, which includes a seasonal campground operated by Regional Parks.
Regional Parks wants to hear from the public to:
Develop a vision and set out park management goals to protect the natural environment and cultural features of the park
Define specific actions to achieve the vision and goals
Identify the types of outdoor recreation activities
Identify the types and locations of park facilities and services
Staff will offer a guided interpretive walk around the park prior to the public meeting, which includes a formal presentation and discussion.
Public Meeting - Wednesday, March 16
Island View Beach Regional Park
5-5:45pm Guided nature walk in the park (meet at Island View Beach picnic shelter)
Saanich Historical Artifact Society, 7321 Lochside Drive
6-7pm Open House
7-9pm Presentation and Discussion
The public may also submit ideas and comments through an online response form at CRD Parks until March 25, 2011.
Map of Island View
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For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator, Regional Parks
Capital Regional District