General News · 3rd June 2014
The word is out, and the excitement is palpable!
The long-sought Whaletown Commons Park has become a real option for our island community. Strathcona Regional District representatives have been working hard with Island Timberlands to come to a negotiated purchase price for the land, based on a jointly funded independent appraisal.
This parcel of land is in the geographical heart of Whaletown and has been long identified of having great social and ecological value. The proposed Whaletown Commons is easy to access by road, bicycle or foot and with gentle slopes is accessible to variety of ability levels. The trails provide walking connection between the spread-out neighbourhoods of Whaletown, and are regularly used by residents and visitors alike. The area provides habitat for a number of rare species, hosts magnificent old trees, and is a wildlife corridor between the Gorge and northern Cortes. The network of trails was built and has been maintained over the years by dedicated volunteers. If you haven’t yet explored the Commons, or would like to revisit the trails, the Whaletown Commons Society will be hosting community walks in the coming weeks on Saturday June 7th and June 14th at 4pm.
We offer a huge thank-you to all of those who have worked on our collective behalf for the Commons to become a reality, to all the volunteers over to the past 20 years, to those who have donated and pledged, to the members of the Whaletown Commons Society, to the SRD and the past three regional directors including Noba Anderson. Thank you also to Island Timberlands for continuing to allow access for walking and public events such at the Gorge-ous Bike ride while negotiations have been underway.
As we all know, any time there is a land use change proposed on Cortes, there will be energetic and spirited conversation. Thank you to all who take the time to voice your thoughts, this is democracy at work. We invite you all to attend the public meeting on June 17th, 7:00 PM at the Gorge Hall and share your views in writing with our regional director and the SRD board.
With gratitude and high hopes,
The Whaletown Commons Society Board of Directors