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The Churchill Drive parking lot entrance of Mount Douglas Park will be closed over the long weekend. (Friends of Mount Douglas Park)

Mount Douglas Park closed to vehicle traffic over long weekend

Saanich residents encouraged to explore parks in their neighbourhood on foot

The Churchill Drive parking lot entrance of Mount Douglas Park will be closed over the long weekend. (Friends of Mount Douglas Park)
A canoe was found in the men’s bathroom in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Saanich Parks, Recreation and Community Services/Twitter)

Canoe found in men’s public bathroom in Cadboro-Gyro Park

‘Please do not park your canoe in our bathrooms,’ say Saanich parks staff

A canoe was found in the men’s bathroom in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Saanich Parks, Recreation and Community Services/Twitter)
Sigrune Fricke lives on Willow Street which borders the north end of the George Tripp BC Hydro Substation lot and she’s concerned the youth bike park will bring vandalism, noise, increased traffic and other nuisances to the area. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich residents call for more public consultation on youth bike park

Work at the George Tripp BC Hydro Substation set to start this summer

Sigrune Fricke lives on Willow Street which borders the north end of the George Tripp BC Hydro Substation lot and she’s concerned the youth bike park will bring vandalism, noise, increased traffic and other nuisances to the area. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
BC Parks has fully closed Goldstream Provincial Park, as well as other parks, due to the COVID-19 response. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19: A roundup of park and recreation closures across Greater Victoria

Parks, recreation facilities, campgrounds close in light of COVID-19

BC Parks has fully closed Goldstream Provincial Park, as well as other parks, due to the COVID-19 response. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Cedar Hill Golf Course is one of many public recreation facilities closed to the public in reponse to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Cedar Hill Golf Course is one of many public recreation facilities closed to the public in reponse to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Fred Haynes encourages Saanich residents to take advantage of Saanich parks to cope with social distancing amid COVID-19. (Sarah Schuchard/ News Staff)

Mayor encourages residents to take advantage of Saanich trails amid COVID-19

Fred Haynes wants residents to stay healthy during social isolation by walking local trails

Fred Haynes encourages Saanich residents to take advantage of Saanich parks to cope with social distancing amid COVID-19. (Sarah Schuchard/ News Staff)
Saanich council will consider a request for additional funding for the Tripp Station Youth Park. (Photo courtesy the District of Saanich)

Saanich considers more cash for new Tripp Station youth bike park

Parks staff ask for extra $100,000 on top of current budget of $166,700

Saanich council will consider a request for additional funding for the Tripp Station Youth Park. (Photo courtesy the District of Saanich)
Saanich Parks asks public to provide input for its Horner Park Renewal Project. (Google)

Proposed renewal concept for Horner Park realeased

Project is set to start in early summer amid review of public input

Saanich Parks asks public to provide input for its Horner Park Renewal Project. (Google)
Dogs are required to be on leash in 11 CRD parks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

CRD committee considers altering leash law

Leash-only rules not working in Sooke, says mayor

Dogs are required to be on leash in 11 CRD parks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Cecilia Creek Falls Park is located near the intersection of Inverness Road and Linwood Avenue. (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 located near the intersection of Inverness Road and Linwood Avenue. (District of Saanich)
A sneaky sap thief has added four taps to this large maple tree in Mount Douglas Park. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Sap thief taps Saanich park maple trees, faces hefty fine

One tree found with four taps in Mount Doug Park

A sneaky sap thief has added four taps to this large maple tree in Mount Douglas Park. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Salmon Carcass Transplant event drew more than 50 residents to Douglas Creek. (Friends of Mount Douglas Park/Twitter)

Annual Salmon Carcass Transplant draws Saanich residents to Douglas Creek

More than 100 frozen salmon tossed into the creek as part of ecological restoration

Salmon Carcass Transplant event drew more than 50 residents to Douglas Creek. (Friends of Mount Douglas Park/Twitter)
Skateboarders rejoice, the City of Victoria has approved plans to build a 3,000 sq. ft. skate park at Topaz Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

Expansive bike park, skate park coming to Topaz Park

City approves $8 million-investment in park’s revitalization

Skateboarders rejoice, the City of Victoria has approved plans to build a 3,000 sq. ft. skate park at Topaz Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cadboro-Gyro Park has been identified by council as an appropriate park to test out the food truck pilot program. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Food truck pilot program in Saanich parks gets the green light from council

Pilot program will see food trucks permited in certain parks as early as next summer

Cadboro-Gyro Park has been identified by council as an appropriate park to test out the food truck pilot program. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Every day, residents from all over Greater Victoria visit Kings Park nestled in the corner of Kings Road and Haultain Street. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

CRD parks board sends staff to gather options on funding Saanich’s Kings Park initiative

Staff will consider options to contribute funding and report back to Saanich

  • Nov 27, 2019
Every day, residents from all over Greater Victoria visit Kings Park nestled in the corner of Kings Road and Haultain Street. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
The Kings Park green space faces an uncertain future with $2.75 million left to fundraise before July 2020 to preserve it in it’s entirety. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Saanich councillor assures residents they won’t pay twice for Kings Park

Capital Regional District set to discuss potential for funding Saanich park

  • Nov 15, 2019
The Kings Park green space faces an uncertain future with $2.75 million left to fundraise before July 2020 to preserve it in it’s entirety. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Saanich man spots blue-green algae at Prospect Lake Park

Saanich man spots blue-green algae at Prospect Lake Park

The local dog walker raised the alarm on Tuesday, concerned signs aren’t clearly marked

  • Nov 6, 2019
Saanich man spots blue-green algae at Prospect Lake Park
Saanich resident Melissa Hyland and her dog Butters enjoy a mild and moderately sunny day at Kings Park on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Saanich seeks cash from Capital Regional District to preserve Kings Park

Discussion set for CRD’s next Parks and Environment Committee meeting on Nov. 27

  • Nov 6, 2019
Saanich resident Melissa Hyland and her dog Butters enjoy a mild and moderately sunny day at Kings Park on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Locals are urged to put their pumpkins in their green waste bins instead of placing them in Mount Doug Park after Halloween on Oct. 31, 2019. (Black Press File Photo)

Conservation group, Saanich urge locals to dump decade-old tradition, not pumpkins

Residents should put pumpkins in green bins, not Mount Douglas Park

  • Oct 31, 2019
Locals are urged to put their pumpkins in their green waste bins instead of placing them in Mount Doug Park after Halloween on Oct. 31, 2019. (Black Press File Photo)
The Township of Esquimalt held an online survey and two open houses to discuss waterfront park enhancement options. Pictured, concept 1 for a multi-purpose building at Esquimalt Gorge Park, which received more positive feedback than concept 2. (File contributed/ Township of Esquimalt)

Esquimalt to discuss feedback to waterfront park designs

The Township is one step closer to making final decisions for a $7 million investment

The Township of Esquimalt held an online survey and two open houses to discuss waterfront park enhancement options. Pictured, concept 1 for a multi-purpose building at Esquimalt Gorge Park, which received more positive feedback than concept 2. (File contributed/ Township of Esquimalt)