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#41 G-Man

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 12:16 PM

You have to pay to get into Abkhazi Gardens. It is kind of a park. 


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#42 Rob Randall

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 12:20 PM

^That's a good example. I believe it is still owned by a private non-profit although one day it may fall into government hands. Apparently it is 1.4 acres.


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#43 Coreyburger

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 12:25 PM

You have to pay to get into Abkhazi Gardens. It is kind of a park. 

 

Hatley Gardens and Buchart are also pay to get in.


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 12:42 PM

Yet Butchart's is the opposite of Gramercy Park where commercial photography is forbidden. Butchart is dependent on tourist photography.


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 12:50 PM

Yet Butchart's is the opposite of Gramercy Park where commercial photography is forbidden. Butchart is dependent on tourist photography.

 

Gramercy park is a private, gated semi-communal area. Bucharts is a tourist attraction



#46 Jill

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 01:04 PM

I'd say the garden at RRU and Abkhazi are also attractions, although not on the scale of Butchart. Gramercy Park is more like the private communal gardens you see in London, surrounded by fencing and accessible only to the nearby residents.



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Posted 03 December 2014 - 02:56 PM

^That's a good example. I believe it is still owned by a private non-profit although one day it may fall into government hands. Apparently it is 1.4 acres.

 

Abkhazi Garden is not a park and is still owned by The Land Conservancy.

It is open to the public, and there is a Tea House on the property.

http://www.abkhaziteahouse.com/

http://blog.conservancy.bc.ca/



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Posted 03 December 2014 - 03:00 PM

Finnerty Gardens is a 6.5 acre site on the University of Victoria grounds. Admission is free.

http://www.uvic.ca/finnerty/

 



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Posted 03 December 2014 - 03:04 PM

Government House Gardens is open to the public, admission is free.

http://www.ltgov.bc....ap/default.html

 



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Posted 03 December 2014 - 03:28 PM

Finnerty Gardens is a 6.5 acre site on the University of Victoria grounds. Admission is free.

http://www.uvic.ca/finnerty/

I love walking through Finnerty. Wooded park. Lovely in the spring due to the hundreds of huge Rhododendrons.



#51 Rob Randall

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 03:41 PM

I think some of UVic's gardens are part of the biology lab and are off limits to the public. Although I think it's mostly greenhouses than gardens.

 

 

Was the Uplands park private back when Uplands was a gated community?

 

I can't think of a local example of a private, locked, shared park exactly like Gramercy Park in NYC.

 

The closest example of a similar set up would be that big outdoor swimming pool outside that James Bay tower, Lady Simcoe I think.


Edited by Rob Randall, 03 December 2014 - 04:32 PM.

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 05:15 PM

Was the Uplands park private back when Uplands was a gated community?

 

No, because Uplands park wasn't part of the Uplands plan. It was gifted to avoid the property tax bill due to the Uplands failing.


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 07:30 AM

It would appear that the CRD has a project out for tender that will see a new suspension bridge constructed over Goldstream River. I haven't found much in the way of information on this. Anybody know exactly where this is to be located?

 

Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail

 

The works to be constructed under this Contract generally include the following:

  • Construction of 41 metre suspension bridge, including concrete abutments and rock/soil anchors
  • Construction of approximately 267m of 2.0m wide rural trail as described under Project Area 3.All work is to be completed by December 30, 2016.

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 10:08 AM

 

 

CRD Regional Parks priority in this park reserve is to complete a new regional park trail – Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail. The CRD is developing this new trail to fill part of the gap in the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) route within the region.

 

 

 

The new trail is at the pre-construction phase. Construction is expected to begin in 2016. Our aim is to open the trail in July 2017 as part of the TCT’s 25th anniversary celebration and Canada’s 150th!

https://www.crd.bc.c...ills-wilderness


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#55 Coreyburger

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 09:13 PM

As that link above states, this is the Trans-Canada Trail connection up through the Malahat into the existing CVRD trail (that ultimately winds it was to Kinsol Trestle). Disappointingly due to the lack of funds, the trail will be barely bikeable (very steep 10%+ grades in places) - thus seriously diminishing the tourism potential



#56 Rob Randall

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 07:03 AM

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Democracy hijacked? When ‘Friends of’ groups are really the opposite.
 BillTurner  June 10, 2016
 
 

 

 

As the meeting [Draft Management Plan for Island View Regional Park] progressed, both Gerie and I became quite disgusted by the way that the process was hijacked by a very vocal, well organized, special interest group that packed the meeting.  Actually, “special interest” is the wrong description – “self-interest” would be far more accurate.  Interestingly and not, I am sure, a coincidence, this group is made up largely of neighbouring land owners.  The same neighbours, I’ll presume, who have repeatedly resisted efforts to manage this park in an ecologically responsible way. I’m led to believe that this same group also packed the other planning meetings about Island View, in other parts of the community.  What I find really distressing is that they call their group the “Friends” of Island View Beach.  Their issue, however, has little to do with protecting, or being “friendly” to the beach or the park itself; rather, it is,  predominantly, to allow unrestricted access for their dogs.

 

 


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#57 Jill

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 08:51 AM

Should Bill Turner really be calling out anybody for duplicity?


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#58 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 06:51 AM

The Capital Regional District board approved a provisional budget Wednesday that calls for a 6.2 per cent increase in operational spending and the addition of 50 employees.

https://www.timescol...g-50-1.23993270

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 31 October 2019 - 06:52 AM.


 



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