SEAPARC Strategic Planning study
The Sooke Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission (SEAPARC) is undertaking a Strategic Planning study to determine facility requirements for the next 5, 10 and 20 years. The population in the Sooke region is expected to grow significantly in the coming years placing new and greater demands on the recreation facility. The study is examining options for medium-term additions, short-term expansion and improvements plus the acquisition of more land.
An information open house was held Tuesday, May 26, in which the public was invited to ask questions and learn about SEAPARC’s vision for the future.
The public is invited to complete the Strategic Plan Survey. Please fax or drop off your completed form to SEAPARC.
CRD and RCMP join forces
Each summer, the Capital Regional District (CRD) and the RCMP join forces to keep parks and trails safe and enjoyable for all visitors.
“Regional parks and trails are very popular, with more than 6.3 million visits annually,” said Mike Walton, Senior Manager of CRD Regional Parks. “CRD Bylaw Officers work closely with the region’s RCMP detachments to increase enforcement presence during peak times. This strategy is effective in reducing bylaw violations including alcohol use.
“Once again, we will be partnering with CRD Bylaw Officers at popular regional parks for you to enjoy a safe outdoor experience,” said Cst. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson of West Shore RCMP.
Patrols will take place at regional trails, such as the Galloping Goose, and at beaches and swimming areas in regional parks at Matheson Lake, Mount Work (Durrance Lake), Sooke Potholes, Thetis Lake and Witty’s Lagoon. CRD reminds the public that alcohol, smoking, and fires are prohibited at all times 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.
We 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org. For serious incidents, please dial 911.
Drug bust close to school
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on May 26 members of the Sooke RCMP executed a Search Warrant for controlled drugs in a home on Lanark Road in Sooke.
“We had been alerted to the presence of readily available weapons in the home and therefore the RCMP Island District Emergency Response Team were called in to “assist”, said S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur of the Sooke RCMP.
Four adult males and a 16-year-old female were arrested at the home and remain in custody at the time of this release.
The search of the home has now concluded, but the investigation continues. A substantial quantity of controlled drugs have been seized, believed to include methamphetamine, GHB and Psiocybin mushrooms. Drug trafficking paraphernalia has also been seized as well as stolen property, a replica handgun, machetes and knives, and ammunition.
“What we believe to be a significant drug trafficking operation was within 100 metros of Sooke elementary school. The member of Sooke Detachment want to send a strong message that this activity will not be tolerated anywhere in this community, especially not such close proximity to our children,” said McArthur.
Open fires restricted
Effective May 27, 2015, Category 2 open fires will be prohibited in the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety