Cortes Island, B.C. – Cortes Islanders will gather on Saturday, October 25, 2014, to celebrate the new park in their community, generally known as Whaletown Commons. The 70-acre piece of land in the heart of Whaletown was purchased by the Strathcona Regional District on October 9, 2014, and people are anxious to mark the occasion - with good reason.
Residents of the Whaletown community have spent the past 20 years trying to protect the unique ecology of this land and preserve it for community park use. In 2006, the former Comox-Stathcona Regional District Board of Directors agreed to support the initiative to purchase the property, as there were no provincial or regional district parks in the community at that time. The initiative continued to move forward with support from the Strathcona Regional District Board and the Whaletown Commons Society, a not-for-profit organization formed by community members.
"Next Saturday, Cortes Islanders will celebrate 20 years of perseverance and community spirit," says Noba Anderson, Director for Cortes Island. "The Whaletown Commons has been a formal park priority in two Cortes Official Community Plan iterations, and has been worked on by three previous Directors. It is a significant community achievement and I am thrilled to see this initiative come to fruition."
The public celebration is set to take place in the park on Saturday, October 25 from 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m., and will include guided informational walking tours.
More information about the Whaletown Commons property acquisition can be found online at www.strathconard.ca
, in the Business section.
The Strathcona Regional District is a partnership of four electoral areas and five municipalities providing approximately 43,000 residents with 55 services including parks, liquid and solid waste systems, fire protection, emergency preparedness programs and a full-service sports facility.