Saanich is seeking feedback from the public as it plans for the future of one of its most important recreation areas.
A visioning process scheduled for Thursday between 4 and 8 p.m. at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre will ask residents to comment on Cedar Hill Park, home to Cedar Hill Golf Course, Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, McRae House, a well-used trail as well as two baseball diamonds, Kings Pond and numerous natural areas.
“This event will provide park users with an opportunity to learn about the history of the park and to brainstorm ideas they may have using interactive display boards,” the district said in a statement announcing the event. “Through this process, we hope to determine a vision for Cedar Hill Park to assist us with future park planning and management,” it said.
Saanich Parks has formed a Stakeholder Working Group to help ensure the community’s values. The group consists out of staff, representatives from three local Community Associations, the Friends of Cedar Hill Park, the Cedar Hill Golf Club and the Capital Regional District (CRD). The group will assist with scoping of the project, developing a vision statement and plan, public engagement process, and will act as a sounding board for ideas.
Cedar Hill Park is 53.4 hectares in size and is one of Saanich’s largest parks. The park, classified as a municipal park, was established in 1967 and is 50 years old this year. Both the Cedar Hill Golf Course and Recreation Centre are located within the park as well as natural areas with stands of Garry Oaks, a 3.6 km long perimeter chip trail, two baseball fields, Kings Pond and a tributary of Bowker Creek.