Victoria, BC– Are you heading to the beach this weekend? We’ll be there too! Every summer the Capital Regional District (CRD) increases its enforcement patrols at popular regional parks to help keep them safe and enjoyable for everyone.
The CRD reminds the public that smoking, drugs, alcohol, and fires are prohibited in regional parks. From June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on leash when passing through designated beach and picnic areas and are not allowed to stay. There are no lifeguards at the beaches and visitors are encouraged to assess their surroundings, know their skill levels and take responsibility for their own personal safety.
“The visitation to CRD regional parks and regional trails increases every year and peaks during the summer months, especially at many of our popular beach areas such as Thetis Lake, which sees half a million visits a year,” said Larisa Hutcheson, General Manager for Parks and Environmental Services. “The majority of people are respectful of others and the natural areas. Our enforcement staff work with RCMP, municipal police and fire detachments to reduce alcohol and drug use, smoking and other risky behaviors.”
During peak use periods, compliance and enforcement patrols will focus their efforts on priority areas within the parks and trails system. They seek public compliance through education and awareness, with evictions and fines for serious violations. Parking outside designated areas, such as fire lanes or emergency spaces, can result in vehicles being towed.
In 2018, the CRD Board approved a $100,000 budget for additional enforcement services related to dog management and park regulations. A portion of these services is for allow for more time to be allocated to educate visitors about swimming and cliff jumping hazards, particularly at Thetis Lake Regional Park.
The CRD appreciate the public’s assistance in keeping parks safe and clean. If you see a park violation, please report it to CRD Regional Parks at 250.478.3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For serious incidents, dial 911. Information on park regulations, water safety and ways to help make your park visit safer and enjoyable are available on the CRD website.
Proud to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers and Canada’s Greenest Employers, 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, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.
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