CRD Regional Parks Working to Keep Parks and Trails Safe and Enjoyable

Jun 09, 2011

Victoria, BC- Capital Regional District Bylaw Officers are patrolling regional parks throughout the summer and request the public’s cooperation to protect our natural areas while providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors.

“Visits to regional parks and trails topped more than 5 million last year. Beaches and swimming areas in regional parks are particularly popular with residents and tourists,” said Janette Loveys, Acting General Manager of CRD Parks and Community Services. “While the majority of park visitors are respectful of others and the natural environment, alcohol and dog related violations continue to account for the bulk of bylaw infractions.”

Alcohol is prohibited in all regional parks and trails. From June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on leash when passing through designated beach and picnic areas and are not allowed to stay. As well, dogs must be on the trail and under control at all times

CRD Bylaw Officers will be deployed in greater numbers on hot, sunny days in order to increase enforcement presence. Bylaw Officers will also conduct joint patrols with RCMP and municipal police officers. These strategies have been successful in curbing inappropriate behaviour and decreasing the number of serious incidents and public disturbances 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.

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For more information or to arrange for a guided media patrol with bylaw enforcement officers, please contact:

Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332