Councillors Ned Taylor and Colin Plant included concept designs for Cecilia Creek daylighting as outlined in the 2008 plan. (District of Saanich)

Saanich looks to bring new life to Cecilia Creek Falls Park

Park has sat untouched for 12 years, council looks to bring 2008 concept to life

Cecilia Creek Falls Park is currently an empty greenspace in the heart of Saanich, but council hopes to see it become a lush park once more.

At a meeting on Feb. 3, Saanich council directed staff to find a way to make the 2008 Cecilia Creek Falls Park concept plan a reality.

The park once had a creek running through it but in the mid-70s, it was diverted into an underground pipe, noted Coun. Ned Taylor who put the motion forward with Coun. Colin Plant.

READ ALSO: Sap thief taps Saanich park maple trees, faces hefty fine

The goal is to take the open greenspace and return it “to how it was,” Taylor noted.

In 2008, a concept plan was created and approved by council at the time. It included “day-lighting the creek” – bringing it back above ground – improving the existing trail and adding native plants and amenities, Taylor explained. As no budget was ever created for the park, the plan was put aside for 12years.

With Saanich densifying and becoming more urban, Taylor feels it’s important to preserve and prioritize greenspaces, parks and natural areas.

He also emphasized that while enhancing the park will help Saanich meet it’s climate goals, it will also improve the “quality of life for people who live here.” He noted that research shows spending time in nature improves mental health.

Council agreed to direct staff to find ways to fund the park enhancement project.

Taylor emphasized that the District will need community partners to complete the work.

Unlike Kings Park which the Saanich community is working to raise money to keep, the District already owns Cecilia Creek Falls Park. The issue here is that no one would know it’s a Saanich park, Taylor said, noting that it has no signs or amenities.

Bringing the plan to life will be costly and the District will need partners to help fund the work outlined in the concept plan. Taylor explained that an estimated price for the work isn’t currently available because the concept was created in 2008 and construction costs have changed over the past 12 years. Staff have also been directed to look at options for finding funding partners, he noted.

Anyone interested in partnering with the District to bring the Cecilia Creek Falls Park concept to life is asked to contact Eva Riccius, senior manager of parks, at eva. riccius@saanich.ca.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

District of Saanichparks

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Undercover operation exposes prominent human trafficking problem in Greater Victoria

VicPD’s Operation No More took place in mid-June at a local hotel

Stelly’s grads shocked after ‘anonymous friend’ pays for dinner

Friends took limo to Deep Cove Chalet to celebrate after graduation festivities cancelled

Saanich serves up virtual Strawberry Festival

Residents invited to look back on 54 years of festivals

PHOTOS: Dual rallies take over Legislature lawn on Canada Day

Resist Canada 153 highlighted colonization and genocide, Unify the People called COVID a hoax

VicPD investigating possible hate crime on BC Transit bus

A young Black man was randomly struck by a Caucasian man who he did not know

‘This year is unlike any other’: Trudeau delivers Canada day address

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the Prime Minister release video celebrating the national holiday

Gov. General honours Canadians for bravery, volunteer service

Five categories of winners presented on Canada Day

COVID-19: Should non-medical masks be mandatory in Canada?

New poll shows Canadians are divided on the rules around mandatory masks

‘A little bit scary for everybody’: Air passengers wary as new rules take effect

Masks or face coverings have been mandatory on flights since April 20

Library’s Summer Reading Club goes virtual

This literacy program is usually offered in person

VIDEO: Prince William and Kate chat with B.C. hospital staff about COVID-19

Seven-minute video posted to Youtube on Canada Day

River centre says heavy rains could bring flooding to central, northeastern B.C.

Water levels are already unusually high and river banks can be extremely unstable

Campbell River’s defunct cruise ship terminal to undergo evaluation for future plans

With no cruise ship coming through, the $16million terminal has been a white elephant for over 13 years

Most Read