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People are pictured walking their leashed dogs along Willows Beach, where dogs are restricted from May to September, on May 18, 2022. Dog and wildlife advocates continue to disagree over how much beach access dog owners should get in Greater Victoria’s migratory bird sanctuaries. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Unleashing the hounds: Conflict over dogs on Greater Victoria beaches persists

Federal report targets dispute about bird sanctuary in Oak Bay, Saanich

People are pictured walking their leashed dogs along Willows Beach, where dogs are restricted from May to September, on May 18, 2022. Dog and wildlife advocates continue to disagree over how much beach access dog owners should get in Greater Victoria’s migratory bird sanctuaries. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
The District of Saanich seeks feedback from the public on its People, Pets and Parks strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich calls out to public for next stage of People, Pets and Parks strategy

Online survey, community conversations, pop-up parks part of input gathering

The District of Saanich seeks feedback from the public on its People, Pets and Parks strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)
A fossil is shown at the Burgess Shale near Field, B.C. in this August 2012 photo. The Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. A Quebec resident has been fined $20,000 for taking 45 fossils from three national parks in the Rocky Mountains, including the internationally known fossil site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lauren Krugel

Parks Canada recovers 45 fossils stolen from Burgess Shale, levies $20,000 fine

Suspect pleaded guilty to two charges in a Cranbrook, B.C., court last month

A fossil is shown at the Burgess Shale near Field, B.C. in this August 2012 photo. The Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. A Quebec resident has been fined $20,000 for taking 45 fossils from three national parks in the Rocky Mountains, including the internationally known fossil site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lauren Krugel
The City of Victoria has announced the putting green at Beacon Hill Park has officially opened for the summer season. (Photo Courtesy of City of Victoria/Twitter)

Beacon Hill Park putting green opens for summer

The city announced the opening of the free green in a tweet Tuesday

The City of Victoria has announced the putting green at Beacon Hill Park has officially opened for the summer season. (Photo Courtesy of City of Victoria/Twitter)
A collection day for the Get Growing, Victoria! program in the Fernwood neighbourhood. (Photo courtesy of Aly Sibley Photography/City of Victoria)

Victoria’s seedling sharing program earns provincial excellence award

The Get Growing, Victoria! program has produced 100,000 pounds of community produce since 2020

A collection day for the Get Growing, Victoria! program in the Fernwood neighbourhood. (Photo courtesy of Aly Sibley Photography/City of Victoria)
The City of Victoria has announced it is receiving funding from the provincial and federal governments to the tune of $2.4 million to help cover the costs of upgrades at Topaz Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province, feds pitch in $2.4M for upgrades to Victoria’s Topaz Park

The funds will help cover the costs of a replacing and expanding the park’s turf field

The City of Victoria has announced it is receiving funding from the provincial and federal governments to the tune of $2.4 million to help cover the costs of upgrades at Topaz Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
CRD employees are part of a mediation dispute that could result in a strike. (Nicole Crescenz/VICTORIA NEWS)

CRD seeks input on management plan for Mount Work Regional Park

Residents can submit feedback online until May 16, virtual presentation goes April 28

CRD employees are part of a mediation dispute that could result in a strike. (Nicole Crescenz/VICTORIA NEWS)
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The Town of View Royal is looking to sell a pair of properties near Mill Hill Regional Park to the Capital Regional District as parkland, a sale that is subject to an alternate approval process giving residents the opportunity to oppose it. (Photo courtesy of Town of View Royal)

View Royal plans sale of parkland properties to CRD

Residents may submit their opposition to the sale by May 24

The Town of View Royal is looking to sell a pair of properties near Mill Hill Regional Park to the Capital Regional District as parkland, a sale that is subject to an alternate approval process giving residents the opportunity to oppose it. (Photo courtesy of Town of View Royal)
Fencing and signage keep people away from the playground in Craigflower-Kosapsom Park in Saanich. A sewer leak, caused by a backup in the line coming from the nearby Craigflower Schoolhouse, was repaired last week but the district plans to monitor the site and keep the playground closed for about 90 days. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Sewage leak repair sees Saanich park playground closed for 90 days

Backup in sewer line from Craigflower Schoolhouse leads to leak; site being monitored

  • Apr 11, 2022
Fencing and signage keep people away from the playground in Craigflower-Kosapsom Park in Saanich. A sewer leak, caused by a backup in the line coming from the nearby Craigflower Schoolhouse, was repaired last week but the district plans to monitor the site and keep the playground closed for about 90 days. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The province is appealing a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that determined sheltering is not allowed in Beacon Hill Park under the terms of an 1882 trust. It filed its notice of appeal March 23. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province appeals court ruling against sheltering in Beacon Hill Park

Decision raises questions for other B.C. parks with trusts, attorney general says

The province is appealing a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that determined sheltering is not allowed in Beacon Hill Park under the terms of an 1882 trust. It filed its notice of appeal March 23. (Black Press Media file photo)
A rendering shows possible features of the new playground at Stadacona Park. A wheelchair accessible swing will also be added, council decided March 17. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Victoria’s first wheelchair accessible swing added to Stadacona Park redesign

Construction on all-abilities park additions expected to begin by summer 2022

A rendering shows possible features of the new playground at Stadacona Park. A wheelchair accessible swing will also be added, council decided March 17. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)
The new playground at Hamsterly Beach in Saanich includes accessible play elements, zones for different ages, and natural structures that encourage physical literacy for differing abilities. (Courtesy of Capital Regional District)

Nature playground at Elk Lake latest in a series of upgrades in Saanich park

CRD work underway includes new washrooms, lake water oxygenation

The new playground at Hamsterly Beach in Saanich includes accessible play elements, zones for different ages, and natural structures that encourage physical literacy for differing abilities. (Courtesy of Capital Regional District)
Increased enforcement at Thetis Lake Regional Park helped prevent major incidents during the peak season in 2021, according to a CRD Parks report. (Photo courtesy of the CRD)

Unsanctioned Gulf Island nuptials part of CRD Parks enforcement in 2021

Bylaw officers, park rangers wrote over 200 tickets, issued hundreds of warnings

Increased enforcement at Thetis Lake Regional Park helped prevent major incidents during the peak season in 2021, according to a CRD Parks report. (Photo courtesy of the CRD)
Pop-up dog parks are likely coming back to Saanich this summer 2022 – but not before a few more decisions around which parks are best-suited for this purpose are considered. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

‘Pup-up’ parks set to return to Saanich, council still chewing on where and when

Proposed expansion of original rotation in the works; nine parks on initial list for 2022

Pop-up dog parks are likely coming back to Saanich this summer 2022 – but not before a few more decisions around which parks are best-suited for this purpose are considered. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Langford Mayor Stew Young (right) and Coun. Matt Sahlstrom try out the new and improved play structure at Ernhill Park following its official reopening. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Transformed Ernhill Park reopens in Langford

It’s the first of a few parks targetted for upgrades or new builds this year

Langford Mayor Stew Young (right) and Coun. Matt Sahlstrom try out the new and improved play structure at Ernhill Park following its official reopening. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Colwood Mayor Rob Martin and Ben Mycroft of GableCraft Homes cut the ceremonial ribbon March 2 at a new public washroom in Meadow Park Green. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Royal flush: Colwood opens new public washroom in Royal Bay

Facility at Meadow Park Green built by GableCraft Homes as part of development plan

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin and Ben Mycroft of GableCraft Homes cut the ceremonial ribbon March 2 at a new public washroom in Meadow Park Green. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Councillors voted against changing adjusting Clover Point’s design to respond to the seasons. (Photo courtesy of John Amon)

Clover Point long-term plan process moved up a year by Victoria council

Public engagement on park area to happen in 2023; seasonal design adjustments for point rejected

Councillors voted against changing adjusting Clover Point’s design to respond to the seasons. (Photo courtesy of John Amon)
A project at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park will see a new washroom facility built on the site of the old building. The project calls for a number of mature trees to be removed and 16 native trees planted in their place by CRD Parks. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Planned tree removal for new washroom facility at Saanich’s Elk Lake riles park users

Residents call for alternate location, CRD says project adheres to Saanich’s tree protection bylaw

A project at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park will see a new washroom facility built on the site of the old building. The project calls for a number of mature trees to be removed and 16 native trees planted in their place by CRD Parks. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A crew is set to burn carpet burweed Jan. 13 at Cattle Point. (Black Press Media file photo)

Crews take a torch to Oak Bay seaside park to battle burweed

Burns are frequent at Cattle Point to tackle the invasive plant

A crew is set to burn carpet burweed Jan. 13 at Cattle Point. (Black Press Media file photo)