CRD Bylaw Officers Patrol Regional Parks to Keep Them Safe and Enjoyable for Everyone

Jun 15, 2016

Victoria, BC– Capital Regional District (CRD) Bylaw Enforcement Officers are conducting patrols again this summer to ensure that regional parks and trails remain safe and enjoyable for everyone. Patrols will be deployed on hot, sunny days at popular beaches and swimming areas in regional parks including Elk/Beaver Lake, Island View Beach, Matheson Lake, Mount Work (Durrance Lake), Sooke Potholes, Thetis Lake and Witty’s Lagoon. Also watch for bike patrols on the Galloping Goose, Lochside and E&N Rail Trail.

“Regional parks and trails receive more than 6.5 million visits each year and the majority of people are respectful of others and the natural areas. We appreciate the public’s assistance in keeping our parks safe and clean” said Mike Walton, Senior Manager of CRD Regional Parks. “The CRD also works closely with RCMP detachments and other agencies to increase the enforcement presence in regional parks and this strategy has helped to reduce bylaw violations and alcohol use in regional parks.”

The CRD reminds the public that smoking, alcohol and fires are prohibited in regional parks. From June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on a leash when passing through designated beach and picnic areas and are not allowed to stay. 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.

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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For media inquiries, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | Cell: 250-889.8030