CRD Pioneer Recognized by Elders Council for Parks in BC

Mar 26, 2014

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Victoria, BC– The Elders Council for Parks in BC recognized former Capital Regional District Director of Planning, Tony Roberts, as a pioneer for his work with Regional Parks today in a presentation.

The Elders Council program honours and recognizes park pioneers and builders in BC who devoted a significant portion of their careers to the development of parks in the province,” said Nancy Wilkin of the Elders Council for Parks in BC. “Tony Roberts’ vision for parks, greenways, and trails in the Capital Regional District inspired other municipalities to establish regional parks, and continues to be implemented today.” 

“On behalf of the CRD I want to thank the Elders Council and to congratulate Tony Roberts,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair Susan Brice. “Tony played a critical role in the development of the CRD parks system as we know it today, which inspired others to do the same; his accomplishments merit acknowledgement.”

Tony Roberts was born in 1926. As the CRD Director of Planning for Victoria and surrounding area in the 1960s and 70s, Tony worked to acquire a system of open spaces that in years since have become treasured destinations. Tony’s ability to cooperate with all levels of government helped further expand CRD parks. He later worked for the BC Land Commission to produce a catalogue of types of open space designations, useful to anyone working to protect nature.

The Elders Council for Parks in BC is an independent society. Its members are retired parks system employees and conservation advocates who have dedicated a significant portion of their lives to parks and protected areas in BC. The society provides a way for members to continue to lead and participate in volunteer projects aimed at ensuring the long-term well-being of BC’s world-class park systems.

For almost 50 years, Regional Parks has been one of the services provided by the CRD. It has grown from establishing the first four regional parks in 1966, to proposing a system of regional parks and trails, to defining policies to manage regional parks, to establishing the Land Acquisition Fund and acquiring significant new parks and trails. Today, CRD Regional Parks protects and manages more than 13,000 hectares of spectacular and accessible natural areas in 33 regional parks on southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands.

For more information visit www.elderscouncilforparks.org/profiles/pioneers/tony-roberts/ and www.crd.bc.ca/parks .

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator, CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | Cell: 250.889.8030

Betty Davison, Elders Council for Parks in BC
Tel: 604.985.3057