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Local artist Jesse Campbell is leading the painting of a mural adjacent to Layritz Park’s soccer turf field in Saanich. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Mural takes shape at Layritz Park in Saanich

Next phase of community canvas mural project to emphasize community-led murals

 

Terry Dance-Bennink speaks to seniors during a rally in support of a senior-friendly park at the former S.J. Willis Junior High School field in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. The protesters say they are being shut out of open green space near their homes, while the city recently opened a new skateboard park for youth in the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Victoria seniors stage protest at vacant school field, seeking park space for elders

100 seniors, many using walkers and motorized scooters, point to emphasis on rec space for youth

 

Lululemon founder Chip Wilson and his wife Summer Wilson laugh while speaking after announcing a $100 million donation to preserve and protect B.C.’s natural spaces through their Wilson 5 Foundation, in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Lululemon founder Chip Wilson gifts $100M to help preserve B.C.’s nature

Lululemon Athletica Inc. founder and billionaire Chip Wilson is donating $100 million…

Lululemon founder Chip Wilson and his wife Summer Wilson laugh while speaking after announcing a $100 million donation to preserve and protect B.C.’s natural spaces through their Wilson 5 Foundation, in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Skateboarder Francis Lemoy rides the railing in the new Topaz skate park. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: New Topaz skate and bike parks open in Victoria

New facilities designed with accessibility, inclusion in mind

Skateboarder Francis Lemoy rides the railing in the new Topaz skate park. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
The Sooke Lions Club is hosting an open house on Sept. 25 to discuss plans for a multi-use community facility at John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)
The Sooke Lions Club is hosting an open house on Sept. 25 to discuss plans for a multi-use community facility at John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)
Saanich council moves forward on the WSANEC Leadership Council’s request to restore the traditional Indigenous name of PKOLS to Mount Douglas Park. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Reclaim the name: Saanich park to return to its Indigenous title, PKOLS

Name restoration jointly supported by Saanich, WSANEC Leadership Council

Saanich council moves forward on the WSANEC Leadership Council’s request to restore the traditional Indigenous name of PKOLS to Mount Douglas Park. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
Mill Hill Regional Park has grown by 9.8 hectares after a land deal between the CRD and Town of View Royal. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD expands Mill Hill park with land from View Royal

Town sold 9.8 hectares of land bordering the park

Mill Hill Regional Park has grown by 9.8 hectares after a land deal between the CRD and Town of View Royal. (Black Press Media file photo)
The City of Colwood is seeking public input on an update to the Havenwood Park management plan and for a new Latoria Creek Park plan until Sept. 5. (Courtesy of City of Colwood)

Colwood seeks public input on parks management plans

Questionnaires available online and at city hall until Sept. 5

The City of Colwood is seeking public input on an update to the Havenwood Park management plan and for a new Latoria Creek Park plan until Sept. 5. (Courtesy of City of Colwood)
The CRD has approved the 2022-2032 Regional Parks and Trails Plan as it plans to improve the function, resilience and use of the natural areas. Pictured is Thetis Lake Regional Park. (Courtesy CRD)

CRD sets 10-year vision for regional park actions

Strategy puts focus on climate change, reconciliation, conservation

The CRD has approved the 2022-2032 Regional Parks and Trails Plan as it plans to improve the function, resilience and use of the natural areas. Pictured is Thetis Lake Regional Park. (Courtesy CRD)
Local artists who’ve competed around the world will showcase their talents at Cadboro-Gyro Park during the Cadboro Bay Festival on Aug. 7. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)

World-class sand sculpting major draw for Saanich’s Cadboro Bay Festival

Free family friendly event Aug. 7 includes food, activities and fun at the beach

Local artists who’ve competed around the world will showcase their talents at Cadboro-Gyro Park during the Cadboro Bay Festival on Aug. 7. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)
Saanich experienced a significant increase in park usage due in part to the district’s Natural Intelligence campaign. (Black Press media file photo)

Saanich parks featured for a first time in Canadian City Parks report

Municipality’s Natural Intelligence program noted for increasing park use

Saanich experienced a significant increase in park usage due in part to the district’s Natural Intelligence campaign. (Black Press media file photo)
Blue-green algae can cause health issues in humans and animals if ingested. The Capital Regional District has issued an alert for a bloom in Wrigglesworth Lake northwest of Tunnel Hill on the Malahat. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)

Toxic algae bloom at Wrigglesworth Lake near Malahat, CRD reports

Authorities urge people and their animals to avoid the water until declared safe

Blue-green algae can cause health issues in humans and animals if ingested. The Capital Regional District has issued an alert for a bloom in Wrigglesworth Lake northwest of Tunnel Hill on the Malahat. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)
Tricia Law has started a petition to save the Danbrook Dog Park from proposed changes which would see the off-leash dog area reduced in size. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford dog owners launch petition to save off-leash park

City planning a revamp of Danbrook Park which would shrink the off-leash area

Tricia Law has started a petition to save the Danbrook Dog Park from proposed changes which would see the off-leash dog area reduced in size. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
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Name for new Sooke park takes flight

Name for new Sooke park takes flight

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A Yellowstone National Park ranger is seen standing near a road wiped out by flooding along the Gardner River the week before, near Gardiner, Mont., June 19, 2022. Park officials said they hope to open most of the park within two weeks after it was shuttered in the wake of the floods. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Crowds flock to Yellowstone as park reopens after floods

Wildlife-rich northern half of the park will remain shuttered until at least early July

A Yellowstone National Park ranger is seen standing near a road wiped out by flooding along the Gardner River the week before, near Gardiner, Mont., June 19, 2022. Park officials said they hope to open most of the park within two weeks after it was shuttered in the wake of the floods. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
The design for the expanded Veterans Memorial Park in Langford. (Courtesy of City of Langford)

Langford buys Goldstream Masonic Lodge site to expand Veterans Memorial Park

Park expansion will see Aldwynd Road closed at Goldstream Avenue

The design for the expanded Veterans Memorial Park in Langford. (Courtesy of City of Langford)
In this photo provided by the National Park Service, is high water in the Gardiner River along the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Montana, that washed out part of a road on Monday, June 13, 2022. (National Park Service via AP)

Yellowstone flooding sweeps away bridge, washes out roads

Flooding hits after what park officials are calling ‘unprecedented rains’

In this photo provided by the National Park Service, is high water in the Gardiner River along the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Montana, that washed out part of a road on Monday, June 13, 2022. (National Park Service via AP)
Friends of Uplands Park Society volunteers are pictured pulling invasive carpet burweed at Cattle Point, an area with unique biodiversity that vice-president and botanist Wylie Thomas says is being negatively affected by increased foot traffic. (Courtesy of Wylie Thomas)

Volunteers advocate for sustainable infrastructure at Oak Bay’s Cattle Point

Boardwalk design for protecting biodiversity will be presented to council

Friends of Uplands Park Society volunteers are pictured pulling invasive carpet burweed at Cattle Point, an area with unique biodiversity that vice-president and botanist Wylie Thomas says is being negatively affected by increased foot traffic. (Courtesy of Wylie Thomas)
People are pictured walking their leashed dogs along Willows Beach, where dogs are restricted from May to September, on May 18, 2022. Dog and wildlife advocates continue to disagree over how much beach access dog owners should get in Greater Victoria’s migratory bird sanctuaries. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Unleashing the hounds: Conflict over dogs on Greater Victoria beaches persists

Federal report targets dispute about bird sanctuary in Oak Bay, Saanich

People are pictured walking their leashed dogs along Willows Beach, where dogs are restricted from May to September, on May 18, 2022. Dog and wildlife advocates continue to disagree over how much beach access dog owners should get in Greater Victoria’s migratory bird sanctuaries. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)