CRD to Assess Options for Horse Riders on Lochside Regional Trail

Feb 18, 2016

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) will investigate options for continued equestrian use on the section of the Lochside Trail between Blenkinsop Greenway and Island View Beach Road. CRD staff will look at options and report back to the CRD Regional Parks Committee on those options in the fall as part of the process to update the management plan for the regional trails system.

The Management Plan will guide decision making, priority setting, and budget planning for the next 10 years for the Galloping Goose, Lochside and E&N Rail Trail - Humpback Connector, and for future regional trails. The CRD recently held open houses on the draft plan, which was out for public feedback.

“We had 120 people attend the two public open houses in January 2016 and 444 comments were received through the online feedback form. We appreciate the high level of public interest in our highly-used regional trails system,” said Mike Hicks, CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair. “The petitions received during the public participation process regarding the paving of sections of the Lochside Trail raised the issue of equestrian access. Staff are recommending that further investigation into options for equestrian use on the Lochside Trail be conducted over the next six months.”

Staff will be reviewing all comments received to determine the level of support for the management plan and areas where modifications should be made. A finalized plan is anticipated in the fall of 2016. Details on the Regional Trails Management Plan are available at https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/regional-trails-management-plan.  

Celebrating 50 years! The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, enhance community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region.

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