Saanich adds new West Saanich park
Following an independent appraisal the land was purchased for $650,000.
However, not everyone supports the purchase, as Mayor Richard Atwell says it’s an unnecessary addition to Saanich’s park portfolio.
“I believe that area is over served by parks where there are three [Goy, Logan and Calvert parks], plus Layrtiz and its walking trails, all in a rurally populated area,” Atwell said. “The acquisition of this park wasn’t in the parks planning, and it was decided on without public consultation, which I think there should have been.”
Furthermore, the initial expenditure won’t be the end cost, Atwell added, as there will be further costs to create a network of trails.
Regardless, Kardum becomes Saanich’s 171st park. The name, Riccius said, comes as part of the deal with the Kardum family that has owned the land over the past generation.
Say what you want about parks, but a purchase like this probably ought to be a decision by council, or council decree that kicks in when certain conditions are met.
Staff can just make a $650,000 purchase decision with no oversight?