Victoria, BC– Eight acres of land have been added to the Mayne Island Parks holdings through the generous donation of Mayne Island residents Fred and Bette Cotton, the Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission (MIPRC) announced today.
The property, at the foot of Cotton Road, was donated to the MIPRC through a land trustee after the passing of Fred and Bette, and will become the Fred & Bette Cotton Community Park. The land was acquired in the early 1950’s by Fred Sr. and the donor Fred Jr., and has remained in the family ever since.
“We want to extend our appreciation to the Cottons for contributing, in perpetuity, to the enjoyment and well-being of both residents and visitors to the island,” said Jerry Wise, Chair, MIPRC. “This donation supports our continuing commitment to preserve the environment natural ecosystem of Mayne Island”.
The property consists of eight pristine, low-bank, waterfront acres located on Active Pass along with a large house and outbuildings. Almost two acres has been cleared over the years and transformed into lawns and flower beds. Included in the donation is a gift of cash to cover most of the costs associated with transitioning the land into a public Park. The residence will be re-purposed into a new venue for the use of Island groups, visitors and residents for meetings, celebrations, exhibitions, social gatherings, etc. Additionally, the property will be ideal for viewing all the various forms of wildlife that pass through or inhabit Active Pass. The area has been designated as an important bird and biodiversity area, or IBA, which is already bringing additional visitors to our Island.
“These lands provide recreational and educational opportunities for all who visit and we are grateful for the opportunity to conserve this land for the enjoyment of future generations.” said David Howe, Director, Southern Gulf Islands.
Over the next few months, work on the property will commence, including enhancing the property entrance, laying down a new driveway surface, expanding the parking area for park visitors, renovating the building and constructing an exterior washroom facility. The property will have to remain closed until this work has been completed in June 2016.
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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