Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) has released its Regional Parks 2015 Annual Report outlining progress on corporate and strategic priorities, land acquisition, visitation, public programs and projects.
Highlights in the annual report include:
- CRD Regional Parks collaborated and consulted with various partners on park and trail management plans, including draft plans for Island View Beach Regional Park and the Regional Trails.
- Three parcels of land were acquired through land transfer and donation. The Land Conservancy of British Columbia transferred Sooke Potholes Campground to the CRD and parkland was transferred to the CRD as part of amenity rezoning in the District of Highlands. The Sisters of St. Ann generously donated a third parcel of land adjacent to East Sooke Regional Park.
- Annual visitation to regional parks and trails in 2015 was 6,580,899 visits, up 3% from 2014.
- Construction and trail work projects included trail restoration at Mt. Wells Regional Park, upgrades to the Spring Salmon Place campground at Sooke Potholes Regional Park, boardwalk construction at Brooks Point and Mount Parke Regional Parks, paving and resurfacing on the regional trails, and installation of a new playground at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park.
- CRD Regional Parks collaborated with organizations and other levels of government on scientific and technical work related to environmental management, conservation and restoration, and Species at Risk.
- In 2015, 836 volunteers contributed over 5,000 hours of their time on natural resource restoration, park stewardship and welcoming visitors to the nature centres.
- Over 17,666 people participated in 570 information and education programs including school field trips, public programs, and community events.
The CRD is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, including the establishment of the regional park system. Since 1966 the regional parks and trails system has grown from 525 hectares to 33 parks and trails covering more than 13,000 hectares of accessible natural areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. The park system is within the traditional territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish people. CRD Regional Parks and Trails are part of a network of parks and protected areas located across the region, which offer a range of recreational and transportation-related activities and conserve natural spaces.
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.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications