Update on Stairs at Witty’s Beach Regional Park

Aug 21, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Victoria, BC-
The stairs to the main beach at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park in Metchosin will be closed for the remainder of the year. Third-party engineering reports recommended closure of the stairs this spring because the hillside on which the stairs are built is unstable and natural erosion is occurring; as a result, the stairs are not safe to use by the public.

The Capital Regional District is engaging an engineering consulting firm to explore options to provide safe public access from Witty Beach Road to the foreshore. Until safe access is provided, the CRD has a public responsibility to keep the stairs closed from public use.

Visitors can still access the beach from the main parking lot off Metchosin Road, via a 1.2 km moderate beach trail through the forest.

The CRD understands that the main trail to the beach is not easy for all park visitors. Within the park Tower Point, off Olympic View Drive, offers excellent picnic areas and ocean views via a 500m flat footpath.

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