Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District is embarking on a project to remediate a former pistol range site at Thetis Lake Regional Park in the Town of View Royal over the next two years.
“The CRD is committed to addressing contamination associated with the pistol range site. Our goal is to clean up the site and return it to naturalized parkland,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair Susan Brice. “The CRD has prudently set aside funds for many years for this project. We are also pleased to receive funding from the province’s Brownfield Renewal Funding Program towards the project.”
The project will be done in phases. CRD has hired SNC-Lavalin to coordinate the first stage of the work, which will begin later this summer. The major stages to the project include a detailed investigation to determine the location and estimated level of contamination on the site; development and undertaking of a remediation plan; and development of a risk assessment to facilitate future decision making regarding the end use of the site. The public will be informed at every step through an open house and regular updates.
“The site remediation as proposed addresses both the historic uses of this site and long standing concern of residents and park users,” said Town of View Royal Mayor Graham Hill. “We would like to thank the CRD and the province for undertaking and supporting this project.”
The site was used as a pistol range prior to it becoming a park. The area has since been identified as a contaminated site under provincial legislation and requires remediation due to contamination by metals from bullets and casings. In 2002, the CRD Board passed a motion to clean up the site based on the recommendation of a citizen’s advisory group. Funds have been set aside each year since that time for the remediation. The project is estimated to cost up to a maximum of $750,000 and will be completed over two years. The CRD is receiving up to $177,500 from the province toward the costs.
Thetis Lake Park Map
For further information, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | cell: 250.889.8030