West Shore Parks and Recreation Society staff members are restricting access through the parking lot to Island Highway during the morning commute. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore Parks and Recreation Society staff members are restricting access through the parking lot to Island Highway during the morning commute. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore Parks and Rec staff member injury raises concerns about cut-through traffic

Staff member ‘seriously injured’ while monitoring scheduled closure

West Shore Parks and Recreation is renewing efforts to restrict cut-through traffic from Ocean Boulevard to Island Highway after a staff member was seriously injured on Dec. 11.

A staff member was monitoring a scheduled closure of cut-through traffic through the centre’s parking lot and was “seriously injured during an encounter with a driver and a vehicle,” according to a statement from the West Shore Parks and Recreation Society released Friday.

READ ALSO: West Shore Parks and Rec shifts to random closures of Island Highway access

The staff member was taken to hospital for treatment and West Shore Parks and Recreation said police responded to handle the matter with the driver.

“The nature of the incident has left staff at [West Shore Parks and Recreation] feeling extremely concerned for the injured staff member and for the ongoing safety of the patrons on our site,” said Sandy Clarke, acting administrator. “West Shore Parks and Recreation is a large site that houses many facilities and spaces and is heavily used by community members of all ages, in particular seniors and children. The number of cars cutting through the site and the speed and which they are travelling must be addressed, or further injuries will occur.”

READ ALSO: Commuter alert: West Shore Parks and Rec closes access to Island Highway during rush hours

Staff have been conducting random closures of the parking lot to cut-through traffic from Tuesday to Thursday between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. at the exit from the parking lot to Island Highway. The random closures began in November.

According to previous statements, the closures began in order to deter drivers from using the facility as a short-cut and to improve the safety of patrons and staff by reducing the amount and speed of traffic in the parking lot.

shalu.mehta@blackpress.ca


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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

Just Posted

The B.C. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 26 that the estate of deceased Sooke man and Hells Angels prospect Michael Widner is to be divided between his wife and his secret spouse. (Black Press Media file photo)
Estate of deceased Hells Angels prospect from Sooke to be divided between wife and secret spouse

Michael Widner’s 2017 death left a number of unanswered questions

Sooke resident Nathan Hanson popped both his driver’s side tires on a pothole near a construction site on Sooke Road. Hanson said he was following a line of traffic and was just before the 17 Mile Pub when he drove over the pothole. (Photo contributed/Nathan Hanson)
Driver blows two tires on pothole near construction site on Sooke Road

Ministry of Transportation says keeping highways in good condition a priority

On Feb. 27, a construction vehicle remained on the site of the former encampment between the Pat Bay Highway and McKenzie Avenue as part a clean-up effort. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Encampment between Pat Bay Highway, McKenzie Avenue cleared, all residents relocated

Efforts to disband encampment resumed after January fire

E:Ne Raw Food and Sake Bar is closing its doors until further notice after sexual assault allegations against an employee surfaced on social media. (Google Streetview)
Sexual assault allegations temporarily closing a second Victoria restaurant

Social media posts accuse an E:Ne Raw Food and Sake Bar employee of sexual assault

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

Shiromali Krishnaraj arrives from India and receives a mandatory COVID-19 test at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. B.C.’s approved rapid tests also use a nasal swab, with a machine to scan for COVID-19 antibodies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C.’s rapid COVID-19 tests have produced only two positive results

Tests deployed for exposures in schools, outbreaks in care homes, jails

BC Emergency Health Services confirmed that a call was received just before 10 a.m. Ground paramedics, as well as an air ambulance, are on the way to the area. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
BREAKING: Helicopter goes down on Bowen Island

Unclear how many passengers aboard and unclear where the helicopter was going

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: How’s your butter?

Recent reports have some Canadians giving a second look to one of… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of March 2

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

The Nanaimo bar display at the Nanaimo Museum. (City of Nanaimo Instagram)
City of Nanaimo points to correct recipe after New York Times botches batch of bars

City addresses ‘controversy’ around dessert square’s layers

A man holds a picture of Chantel Moore during a healing gathering at the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on June 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. First Nation demands transparency in probe into second fatal RCMP shooting

‘Police have killed more Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation members than COVID’

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C. on the COVID-19 situation. (B.C. government)
Dr. Bonnie Henry predicts a ‘post-pandemic world’ for B.C. this summer

‘Extending this second dose provides very high real-world protection to more people, sooner’

Comox Valley-raised Shay Sandiford has earned a spot on the Canada skateboard team. Facebook
Vancouver Islander selected to Canada’s first-ever national skateboard team

Courtenay’s Shay Sandiford has his eye on qualifying for this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo

Most Read