CRD and RCMP Join Forces to Keep Parks Safe and Enjoyable

May 29, 2015

For Immediate Release
May 29, 2015

CRD and RCMP Join Forces to Keep Parks Safe and Enjoyable

Victoria, BC– Each summer, the Capital Regional District (CRD) and the RCMP join forces to keep parks and trails safe and enjoyable for all visitors.

“Regional parks and trails are very popular, with more than 6.3 million visits annually,” said Mike Walton, Senior Manager of CRD Regional Parks. “CRD Bylaw Officers work closely with the region’s RCMP detachments to increase enforcement presence during peak times. This strategy is effective in reducing bylaw violations including alcohol use.

"Once again, we will be partnering with CRD Bylaw Officers at popular regional parks for you to enjoy a safe outdoor experience," said Cst. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson of West Shore RCMP. 

Patrols will take place at regional trails, such as the Galloping Goose, and 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, smoking, and fires are prohibited at all times 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.

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, or email crdparks@crd.bc.ca. 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

Cst. Alex Bérubé
West Shore RCMP
250.391.3329