As we do occasionally, we thought we would provide a couple of quick news updates. Please let us know if you have any questions or ideas for other updates. You can also check our website for important dates, Board minutes, Park history, and other items of interest at http://www.cedarhillpark.com.
Cedar Hill Park Master Planning process underway
Saanich Parks and Rec has formed a working group that includes representatives from the local area community associations, the golf club and the Bowker Creek Initiative as well as a representative from the Friends of Cedar Hill Park, Luis Netter, our Board Vice-Chair. The Working Group has met three times to date and has now established a date for public engagement Open House which they are calling an Ideas Fair. This Ideas Fair will be held at Cedar Hill Rec Centre from 4 - 8 pm on Thursday, June 8. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! Also, watch for the survey - we'll link to it from our site as well. Attached is a copy of the most recent issue of Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association's 'Community Roots' newsletter that includes two articles you may find of interest in case you missed it. One is by Julie Lommerse, Parks planner, on page 3 about the process and one is by Tim Frewer, a neighbour, on his feelings about parks in general and CHP in particular, on page 4.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Cedar Hill Park! Fifty years ago, in 1967, Saanich Council, under then Mayor Hugh Curtis, and the McRae family estate approved a court-arbitrated agreement that Saanich acquire the parkland for $1.2 million. Cedar Hill Park, as we know it today, was created. We will be hosting a 50th Anniversary celebration, and Canada's 150th, on 'the Green' at Cedar Hill Park on Saturday, September 23, followed by our AGM. More details to come!
Bowker Creek Clean-up
Please join us for our next Bowker Creek Clean-up on Saturday, April 29 from 9 am - 12 noon (or any portion thereof!). No training necessary and we provide extra tools, gloves, etc. if you need them as well as drinks and snacks for when you've worked up an appetite! Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. We will be joined by the Greater Victoria Green Team and Saanich Parks staff who will be providing some trees, shrubs and plants to replace the invasive species we remove. We will be there, rain or shine! Meet in the gravel parking lot off Finlayson Road at 9 or join us when you can, even if only to cheer us on!
We now number well over 100 members, people like you who care about and want to protect this wonderful park on our doorsteps! Thank you for your past and ongoing support! In addition to the work we do each Monday morning as part of the 'Pulling Together' program removing invasive species, we host two Bowker Creek clean-ups annually, a CHP 'Walk a Little, Learn a Lot' event last year, sit on the Bowker Creek Initiative (the group leading the implementation of the Bowker Creek 100-year Plan), the CHP Management Planning process, and are working on other ways in which we can contribute enduring environmental value.
Monday morning 'Pulling Together'
Join us on Monday mornings from 9 - 12 noon weekly as we push back, removing invasives around the chip trail. It's a great way to start the week and we are making progress! We have spare tools and gloves so you just need old clothes and sturdy shoes. If you walk the chip trail, you'll see our sandwich board sign letting you know which area we'll be working on for the next Monday or email us and we'll tell you.
Bowker Creek Initiative
The Bowker Creek Urban Watershed Renewal Initiative (BCI) is "a unique multi-jurisdictional effort to improve the health of a highly urbanized watershed. The Initiative was established because of concerns about flooding, pollution, and the degraded condition of Bowker creek." The most recent project undertaken by BCI was a restoration of the creek on Oak Bay High School lands. The BCI 100-year Plan contemplates more daylighting, a detention pond and a meandering of 'Reach 17', the part of Bowker Creek that runs through Cedar Hill Park, as a means of managing flows in the events of significant flood events. As mentioned above, a member of BCI also sits on the Park Management Plan working group so that these ideas can be incorporated into the vision for the Park.
Audubon status being sought by CHP Golf Course
Cedar Hill Golf Course is working toward Audubon Certification for the course. Audubon awards certification "to recognize program members that demonstrate their commitment to environmental quality by meeting required standards for protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and providing wildlife habitats." Among other things, the certification process encompasses environmental management practices re water conservation, water quality management, chemical use reduction and safety, and wildlife and habitat management.
We hope to see you at an upcoming event or on the trails soon! Thank you!