Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District is holding an open house on its plans to remediate the former pistol range at Thetis Lake Regional Park.
Thursday, August 8, 4-7pm
Strawberry Vale Community Hall
11 High Street, Victoria
“Our goal is to clean up the site and restore it to naturalized parkland,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair Susan Brice. “Site remediation will ensure there are no unacceptable risks to human health and the environment associated with the historic uses of this site.”
The first stages of remediation will take place in 2013. It involves:
- installing groundwater monitoring wells;
- detailed site investigation to understand the extent and level of contamination;
- dismantling soil berm(s); and
- developing a risk assessment to aid in determining future park use.
The former pistol range land will be retained as regional park and the final park use will be determined in 2014.
For over a hundred years, various police forces, security companies and gun clubs in the greater Victoria area used the area as a firing range. Ownership and management of the site were transferred to the CRD in 1994 as part of Thetis Lake Regional 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.
CRD cautions that this is an active worksite and a contaminated site; only authorized personnel are permitted. The public is advised to use caution around trucks and heavy equipment travelling through the area.
CRD will keep the public informed at every step with regular updates. Please visit here.
For further information, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | cell: 250.889.8030