CRD Seeks Public Input on Managing Regional Trails System

Jun 10, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Victoria, BC–- The Capital Regional District (CRD) is preparing a management plan for the regional trails system and is seeking the public’s input. The Regional Trails Management Plan will guide decision making, priority setting, and budget planning for the next 10 years. The CRD regional trails system is made up of the Galloping Goose, the Lochside and the E&N Rail Trail - Humpback Connector.

“Whether you're commuting to work or meandering on a weekend afternoon, our world class multi-use trail system is a treasure for residents and visitors alike,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair Susan Brice. “They offer nearly 100 kilometres of non-motorized recreation and transportation opportunities that pass beaches, farmland and wetlands, and connect our communities. Together they receive nearly 3 million visits annually.”

Public Engagement Sessions

The public are invited to attend sessions at the following locations, to provide ideas, comments and suggestions on six topics including management principles and priority issues. Regional Parks staff will be onsite to provide background information and answer questions.

  • June 24, 4-7pm: Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard St., Victoria
  • June 25, 4-7pm: Our Lady of the Rosary Church Hall, 798 Goldstream Ave., Langford
  • July 3, 4-7pm: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney

“Everyone’s suggestions are valued and will be considered through the planning process,” said Brice. “The Regional Trails Management Plan process will include opportunities for input from municipalities, electoral areas, agencies that own land on which the trails are located, First Nations with lands adjacent to the trails, and of course the public.”

A comment form is also available online until July 10, 2014 at www.crd.bc.ca/parks.

Attachment:regional trails system map

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, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332
Cell: 250.889.8030