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#21 Coreyburger

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:13 AM

Many of the apartments and condos that are built have quite a bit of greenspace in front of them - as an example take a look at Cook Street from Meares to Fairfield.

These buildings are already in place, but why cold there not be a requirement as more are built that these green spaces be managed as if they were public green spaces? There has to be a way to make them work as parks but not harm the privacy of the people living there.


Front lawns were created for exactly this purpose: to create the feeling of living in a park. Ironically, the end result has been "parks" more in keeping with beacon hill at is most restrictive than a true park.

#22 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 12:09 PM

LEAD CONTAMINATION TO BE REMOVED FROM FORMER THETIS GUN RANGE

Nov 14, 2009

http://www.cfax1070....hp?newsId=11336

THE CAPITAL REGION PARKS DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDS THE CRD UNDERTAKE CLEAN-UP OF THE FORMER THETIS GUN RANGE NEXT YEAR.


Looking back, maybe they should have just picked up all the bullets at the end of the day, or once every few days or weeks...

We basically have us a $500k littering bill. :mad:

#23 sebberry

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 03:01 PM

I'll do it for $100K :P

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 10:03 PM

How accurate were the weapons and how skilled were the shooters. Heck, that lead could be anywhere within a quarter mile radius.

#25 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 08:29 AM

Looks like the rough weather has shaken loose some common sense and it has leaked into the drinking water:

Old pistol range suggested as site for police training

Cleanup bill doesn't make sense, says Metchosin mayor

By Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist
November 22, 2009


http://www.timescolo...3030/story.html

The Capital Regional District's parks committee is taking aim at an estimated $700,000 bill to clean up the site of an old pistol range at Thetis Lake Regional Park.



#26 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 09:25 AM

http://cfax1070.com/...hp?newsId=11968

SAANICH COUNCIL THROWS SUPPORT BEHIND PARKS ACQUISITION LEVY INCREASE

Jan 11, 2010

SAANICH COUNCIL HAS UNANIMOULSY SUPPORTED A CRD PARKS LEVY INCREASE ----THIS AT A COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY NIGHT


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This was a referendum question for a program that was to go 10 years. I think they should have put it to referendum again, they could have put it on the 2008 elections, or waited until the 2011 elections.

So not only did they extend it without voter approval, but they are going to increase it by 100% over the next five years.

#27 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 12:02 AM

REGIONAL PARK LEVY EXTENSION ADOPTED BY CRD BOARD

Jan 13, 2010

http://cfax1070.com/...hp?newsId=12004

THE CAPITAL REGIONAL DISTRICT HAS APPROVED AN EXTENSION OF THE SPECIAL PARKLAND ACQUISITION LEVY...WITH A 20 PER CENT INCREASE.


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#28 Bernard

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 08:02 AM

I have about a dozen youth looking to volunteer on an environmental project over the next few months. Ideally I am looking for a group that will embrace a dozen youth working on the project.

The project should be in southwest Saanich.

Any ideas?

#29 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 08:14 AM

I have about a dozen youth looking to volunteer on an environmental project over the next few months. Ideally I am looking for a group that will embrace a dozen youth working on the project.

The project should be in southwest Saanich.

Any ideas?


http://www.mountdoug....ca/calendar.do

#30 Holden West

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 08:47 AM

^It's shocking to see how just one of the invasive species, ivy, is smothering the forest in Mt. Doug Park. There's a lot of work to be done there.

If the weather's bad you could get them to go to VHF's pad and empty the ashtrays and take the liquor bottles to the depot. The proceeds would help fund the group's activities for the rest of the year.
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#31 Rob Randall

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 01:39 PM

Pioneer Square centrepiece to get $20,000 refit

By Robert Randall • Published on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Federal Government has announced a plan to restore the cenotaph commemorating the Canadian Scottish Regiment’s contribution to the Canadian war effort.

Built in 1951, the granite cross at the centre of Pioneer Square is the most prominent among the park’s collection of headstones, tombs and monuments. The cross replaced the original wooden Vimy Ridge commemorative cross that is now stored at the Bay Street Armouries.


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#32 Bingo

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 07:31 AM

The city is spending $50,000 per year on plastic bags so that owners can clean up after thir dogs. According to comments made on Adam Stirling's show a caller informed us that "he was a resident of Langford and he said he drives to dog parks here in Victoria to take the free bags, because apparently the bags here are of a higher quality than out in Langford".

Because dog licensing fees are municipal and are not given to the CRD, this person, and others like him, are consuming a resource that they are not helping to pay for.

http://www.cfax1070....hp?newsId=15581

Victorian's might be able to even the score by travelling to Langford and using their public washrooms. Hopefully the toilet paper is of higher quality.


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Posted 13 October 2010 - 09:10 AM

Victoria should simply buy bags of lower quality..

Or see-thru ones.

How can you be so much of a snob that you demand high-quality poo bags, and live in Langford?

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#34 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 09:59 AM

The city is spending $50,000 per year on plastic bags so that owners can clean up after thir dogs. According to comments made on Adam Stirling's show a caller informed us that "he was a resident of Langford and he said he drives to dog parks here in Victoria to take the free bags, because apparently the bags here are of a higher quality than out in Langford".

Because dog licensing fees are municipal and are not given to the CRD, this person, and others like him, are consuming a resource that they are not helping to pay for.

http://www.cfax1070....hp?newsId=15581

Victorian's might be able to even the score by travelling to Langford and using their public washrooms. Hopefully the toilet paper is of higher quality.


When the aliens arrive, and see us picking up our dogs' poop, they will indeed be confused about who is the master, and who is the servant. They'll likely try to engage dogs in treaty negotiations.
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:11 AM

mmm treaty negotiations..

I've trained the family dog to hi-5 when he wants a treaty.


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#36 yodsaker

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:28 AM

Saanich has 160 parks covering more than 760 hectares.

Community parks are under used today. I think it's a sign of the times. As a child, all my friends and classmates would play at our local park. After school, on weekends and even after dark in the winter. That no longer happens.


Kids don't play today. They watch other people play on TV. We played ball every night in the summer until we couldn't see the ball. In winter they built a rink and we took skates and sticks to school and played until dinnertime. Friday and Saturday we there all day (except for meal breaks) until 9pm when they shut off the lights.
Every neighbourhood had a ball field that was turned into a rink in winter.
We managed to have fun without zealous adults organizing, supervising, arguing or being paranoid about pedos and terrorists.
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#37 ptolomeus

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 01:52 PM

Kids don't play today. They watch other people play on TV. We played ball every night in the summer until we couldn't see the ball. In winter they built a rink and we took skates and sticks to school and played until dinnertime. Friday and Saturday we there all day (except for meal breaks) until 9pm when they shut off the lights.
Every neighbourhood had a ball field that was turned into a rink in winter.
We managed to have fun without zealous adults organizing, supervising, arguing or being paranoid about pedos and terrorists.



Yes, I remember ... not that long ago (Ok, that´s a small exaggeration :P)

#38 aastra

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 12:27 PM

Do we have a thread for city parks? What's with that farm fence/log fence that they've put in at Alexander Park on Bay near Fernwood? It looks really out of place.



#39 Holden West

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 01:30 PM

I guess it's more palatable for those that fear urban fencing like wrought iron. Or should I say extruded aluminum which is more accurate but not as romantic-sounding as wrought iron.


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#40 Rob Randall

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 11:26 AM

I'm facinated by this story. Manhattan's Gramercy Park is privately owned and no member of the public is allowed in without an escort and filming is strictly prohibited. But one tourist was let in and didn't know the rules and for the first time, panoramic photos have been made public.

 

https://www.google.c...2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

 

Story:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...v=top-news&_r=0

 

What I would like to know is, what is the CRD's largest private park or open space? I am not referring to areas like church property that is private but where the public is welcome, like the Jewish graveyard off Hillside--I'm talking about places that are locked up and the public can't get to. 

 

This could be a grey area because I know there are some private wineries on the peninsula that have park-like settings.


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