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#61 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 05:41 AM

Kids in Colwood and Sooke are back playing on the swings and slides of their neighbourhood playgrounds, but those in Victoria and Saanich will have to wait a bit longer as each municipality crafts its plan for a safe reopening.

 

Colwood parks staff on Thursday removed the caution tape that has blocked off play structures for months and posted signs around the park reminding people to keep a two-metre distance from others, wash their hands before using the equipment and avoid using the playground if sick. The guidelines for playgrounds and splash parks were issued by Island Health on Monday.

 

https://www.timescol...open-1.24147133



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Posted 08 June 2020 - 04:11 PM

Esquimalt is ready to get back in the swing of things Tuesday, though residents should note the playground equipment is not being disinfected.

 

Municipal playgrounds open to the public June 9 after closing on March 20 due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

 

“Residents value our neighbourhood playgrounds and we are thrilled to make them available again,” Mayor Barbara Desjardins said in a statement. “We are hopeful that with our community following Dr. Henry’s guidelines during this Phase 2 process, we can look to resuming more of the activities we have missed during COVID-19.”

 
 


#63 Nparker

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Posted 08 June 2020 - 05:25 PM

Assuming the elderly don't descend en masse to local playgrounds, I'd say it's pretty safe to re-open them for use by children...with proper parental supervision of course.


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Posted 09 June 2020 - 04:47 AM

Sidney starts to reopen playgrounds

Tulista Park and Iroquois Park opened Monday with more playgrounds to follow

https://www.vicnews....en-playgrounds/



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Posted 09 June 2020 - 04:48 AM

Saanich reopens all 56 playgrounds with new safety protocols

Playgrounds to begin reopen June 9

https://www.vicnews....fety-protocols/



#66 lanforod

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 07:30 AM

No one will use them today. Freaking Junuary.


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 05:43 AM

Playgrounds across Victoria will soon shed the yellow caution tape adorned across monkey bars and swing sets in response to COVID-19.

 

On June 12 the City is reopening playgrounds, spray parks, basketball courts, outdoor fitness areas and lacrosse boxes as part of the second level of City’s COVID-19 parks and recreation recovery Plan, approved by council on Thursday.

 

“Recreation and play are essential elements of community health and well-being,” says a statement from Mayor Lisa Helps. “For many children and families, shooting some hoops or getting back to your favourite swings and monkey bars will feel like a significant milestone in the recovery process.”

 

Level two of the City’s recovery plan – which kicks off Friday – includes all outdoor recreation facilities and details for the “safe operation of summer camps, a return to park and field bookings by community groups and outdoor adult health and wellness programs at Royal Athletic Park.

 

 

https://www.vicnews....-reopen-friday/


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Posted 12 September 2020 - 02:06 PM

Saanich council to look at adding park shelters for safe outdoor socializing during adverse weather

 

https://www.vicnews....dverse-weather/

 

seems alright.  might as well make them permanent.  but what i think you want to do is have them large enough that they have a very high roof.  you want the grass under them to still get lots of light even if you have to get a sprinkler in their to keep the grass healthy.

 

then of course they have to be relatively vandalism and graffiti proof.


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#69 Nparker

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Posted 12 September 2020 - 04:24 PM

...they have to be relatively vandalism and graffiti proof.

Good luck with that.



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Posted 02 October 2020 - 05:24 AM

Mayor Lisa Helps noted ­previously that the project continues a city tradition of helping out when times get tough. City staff grew potatoes in Beacon Hill Park in the Great ­Depression and participated in the Victory gardening program during the Second World War.

 

This time, those eligible to receive the plant starts included people who had lost their jobs as well as seniors, at-risk youth, vulnerable families, people with disabilities and Indigenous ­people.

 

City staff offered 17 different types of vegetables and herbs as well as soil, mulch, ­compost, containers and education ­materials on gardening.

 

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Coun. Geoff Young was alone in opposing continuing to provide free plants to residents

 

“I don’t think it’s a good use of city funds,” he said. “I think it’s appropriate that we keep our parks attractive, our streets attractive.

 

“We expect that we will have tourists returning and we expect that we will have people able to enjoy our parks once again at some point in the future, and I think that’s where the resources of our horticultural staff should be devoted.”

 

 

https://www.timescol...wing-1.24214105


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Posted 18 November 2020 - 10:58 AM

New park in South Jubilee. Details on the City website: https://www.victoria...ghbourhood.html

 

 

A new park has arrived in the South Jubilee neighbourhood thanks to the City’s purchase of a 12,700 square foot parcel of land comprised of a Garry oak meadow at the corner of Leighton Road and Bank Street.

The new park is named Agamemnon and Eleni Kasapi Park in recognition of the family’s preservation of the property in its natural state for the benefit of the community.


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#72 Nparker

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 11:00 AM

New park in South Jubilee...

Will it have showers and a community care tent?



#73 todd

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 11:31 AM

I’ve got a first aid certificate you can work the showers.

Edited by todd, 18 November 2020 - 11:36 AM.

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 11:43 AM

New park in South Jubilee. Details on the City website: https://www.victoria...ghbourhood.html

 

Interesting connection here, via UVic:

 

$1M gift honours values of family, education and hard work

 

The family of a carpenter from a small village in Cyprus whose dreams brought him to Victoria where his ambition, determination and hard work built the successful Kasapi Construction Co. Ltd. has made a $1-million gift to the University of Victoria that will fund two new student scholarships.

 

The Kasapi family made the gift in memory of Kasapi Construction’s founder, Agamemnon A. Kasapi, with the proceeds from the sale of a parcel of land on the corner of Leighton Road and Bank Street in the South Jubilee neighbourhood. This property has been purchased by the City of Victoria to create a new park.

 

“We wanted this gift to be significant in size and impact,” says Mario Kasapi, Agamemnon’s son and current president of Kasapi Construction, the family-owned business which has served Greater Victoria for more than six decades. “This is how we are honouring our father’s values—hard work, family and education—while also showing our family’s gratitude for what Victoria, and the University of Victoria, has meant to us.” Agamemnon Kasapi passed away earlier this year at the age of 95.

 

“We’re incredibly grateful to the Kasapi family for choosing our students as the recipients of this gift,” says Peter Loock, dean of the Faculty of Science. “The Agamemnon Kasapi and Family Scholarship will have a transformational effect for some of our highest achieving students, acting as an incentive, a reward for hard work and a reprieve from financial concerns over the course of their degree.”

 

Victoria residents may not necessarily know the name Kasapi Construction, but chances are high they live in or close to a house built by Kasapi during the 1960s building boom when he focused on affordable single-family houses that are still a familiar sight in Gordon Head and Oak Bay.

 

As a young man, Kasapi left Cyprus and a successful carpentry business he had started with his brother to seek new opportunities. Arriving in Victoria in the mid 1950s with no higher education, Kasapi experienced challenges that made him determined to be his own boss. He started saving money by sharpening tools for other carpenters at the end of his shift until he was in a position to start his own business in 1958.

 

Kasapi and his wife Eleni impressed on their four children—Athos, Mario, Steven and Marina—an appreciation for their life in Canada and the importance of education. Two generations of Kasapis have attended UVic, including Mario’s two daughters who recently graduated from the university.

“My father was very intelligent, and I think he felt he missed out on his chance for higher education, but he was determined that we wouldn’t,” adds Mario Kasapi. “He encouraged us to work to get scholarships, seeing them as interim rewards before the long years of academia would pay off. Now, through these scholarships, his legacy will be extending that opportunity to students at UVic far into the future.”

 

The gift establishes an endowment to fund two new student awards: the Agamemnon Kasapi and Family Scholarship is worth a total of $75,000 for each recipient over three years, making it the largest amount per year for an undergraduate scholarship in the Faculty of Science; the second scholarship will also recognize academically outstanding undergraduate students in the faculty.

 

See backgrounder for further information on Kasapi and the endowment.


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Posted 18 November 2020 - 06:00 PM

Interesting, the park acquisition almost reads more like a three team hockey trade. UVic is a big winner from all of this and with some tax planning the family can save more from the donations than ever developing the lot. 

 

Sounds like it will be preserved in natural state akin to Terrace Park which is another orphaned Garry Oak meadow.


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#76 Nparker

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 06:35 PM

...Sounds like it will be preserved in natural state akin to Terrace Park which is another orphaned Garry Oak meadow.

I recall a time when other CoV parks were preserved for the enjoyment of all.


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Posted 27 November 2020 - 08:26 AM

This is about Government House, don't know if there's a separate thread. Two letters in the TC, one yesterday and one today, complaining that the grounds are closed. Last week we drove up there and parked nearby to see what was happening. The main entrance gates were blocked but there was a notice saying they are doing work but you can still enter through the other gate. You can walk in through the exit gate and it looked like you could drive in via the farthest gate which leads towards the vegetable garden. I'm not sure if this closure referred to in the paper is something new, or just a misunderstanding. Anyone been up there this week? 



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Posted 27 November 2020 - 08:29 AM

NOTICE: In light of the updated orders and direction from the Provincial Health Officer as of November 19, 2020, we have made the difficult decision to close the grounds of Government House effective as of sunset, November 20, 2020. The grounds will remain closed to the public until December 4, 2020; the re-opening of the grounds will be determined by the guidance of the Public Health Officer at that time. More information here.



https://ltgov.bc.ca/getting-here/

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#79 Barrrister

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Posted 27 November 2020 - 10:37 AM

Tried to find out which health order and who issued it. It appears it is a magical non existent order. The grounds are closed the gate is open for the major multi-million dollar reno they are doing. Amonst other things it appears they somehow need electronically opened and closed gates.

 

It seems to be time to get rid of the LG or at least the staff that run the place.


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#80 JohnsonStBridge

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Posted 27 November 2020 - 01:40 PM

Probably the same health order that has allowed the West Saanich Observatory site to stay closed since March to dog walkers and cyclists.


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