The Capital Regional District (CRD) has purchased three lots totaling three acres (1.21 hectares) for park purposes off of Stark's Road on Salt Spring Island. The lots have been purchased through the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) Park Land Acquisition Fund for $34,500.
“The acquisition not only connects two trail networks but also expands Dunbabin Park to include large cedars and firs, making it a beautiful addition to our parks and trail system,” said Wayne McIntyre, CRD Electoral Area Director.
Connecting Trincomali Heights with Dunbabin Park has been attempted multiple times since 2003, with staff and volunteers attempting to connect the Trincomali Heights trail to Starks Road through statutory right of ways. The lot purchase takes advantage of an opportunity to join two trail networks that were separated by private properties.
With the land acquisition complete, PARC will work with surrounding residents and trail enthusiasts to develop a plan for a connector trail on the site. Park land acquisitions are guided by the 2009 Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan and the 2010 Salt Spring Island Parks and Trails Master Plan.