CRD and RCMP Join Forces to Keep Parks Safe and Enjoyable This Summer

May 22, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE:

Victoria, BC–- The Capital Regional District and the RCMP are conducting joint patrols again this summer to ensure our parks are safe and enjoyable for all to use.

“Regional parks and trails receive more than 6 million visits each year and the majority of people are respectful of others and the natural areas,” said Larisa Hutcheson, General Manager of CRD Parks and Environmental Services. “We work closely with the RCMP to increase the enforcement presence in the parks during peak times. This strategy is effective in reducing bylaw violations and alcohol use in regional parks. “

"Local RCMP detachments look forward to another summer of patrolling alongside CRD Bylaw Officers at popular regional parks.  This partnership has proven very successful in creating a safe and pleasurable experience for park visitors," comments Cpl. Kathy Rochlitz, West Shore RCMP.  "Watch for us on trails, in parking lots and around the water." 

Patrols will be deployed on hot, sunny days in order to create a presence at beaches and swimming areas in regional parks at Matheson Lake, Mount Work (Durrance Lake), Sooke Potholes, Thetis Lake and Witty’s Lagoon. CRD reminds the public that alcohol and fires are prohibited in regional parks. 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 under control at all times. 

We appreciate the public’s assistance in keeping parks safe and clean. If you see a park violation, please report it to CRD Regional Parks at 250.478.3344. For serious incidents, please dial 911.

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The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.

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

Cpl. Kathy Rochlitz
West Shore RCMP
250.474.8753