Victoria, BC–- The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has approved a management plan for Matthews Point Regional Park on Galiano Island. It will guide conservation, development, operations, and use of the park for at least the next 15 years.
Public involvement was an integral part of the process. The CRD gathered input about the park environment, current visitor use patterns, and the various interests from First Nations, key government stakeholders and the public. Consideration was given to all comments received through the management planning process and the CRD thanks all who contributed.
Through the public engagement process, a high level of support was shown for the direction in the management plan, including the goals, objectives and actions. A desire to keep the park natural, with limited development and facilities, was a strong theme heard throughout the public engagement process and that is reflected in the plan.
In October 2017, the CRD initiated a management planning process for the park. Two rounds of public engagement were held. An initial round of engagement was conducted to gather ideas from the public and First Nations to assist in developing the plan. In May 2018, the CRD Board released the draft management plan for public review and comment. A public engagement process followed to solicit feedback and comments. The park management plan and public participation reports are available on the CRD website.
The 25 hectare park is located on the southern tip of Galiano Island along Active Pass. It is managed by CRD Regional Parks. The park supports a number of diverse ecosystems and essential bird habitat, and is a landmark that is well-recognized by the millions of residents and visitors who travel annually through Active Pass.
Highlights of the Management Plan (PDF)
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Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks