The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has announced plans to purchase two lots totalling 16 acres (6.47 hectares) for park purposes on Sooke River Road in the District of Sooke. The two riverfront lots at 2540 and 2548 Sooke River Road will be purchased through the CRD Regional Parks Land Acquisition Fund for $1,199,000.
“These properties provide the only access to the Sooke River’s Pemberton Pool which has provided the Chinook and Coho brood stock for the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society,” said Mike Hicks, CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair. “The CRD directors felt that it was imperative to secure this property for the future of the salmon stocks, Sooke River, T’Sou-ke Nation and South Island residents. I am extremely proud to be part of this historic purchase.”
“In addition to salmon enhancement, the property is situated close to the Galloping Goose Trail, has an incredible old growth forest and will make a beautiful addition to our Regional Parks system,” said Barbara Desjardins, CRD Board Chair.
The CRD anticipates the land acquisition will be completed in August 2016. The CRD will then develop a plan for future use of the site.
The CRD acquires land through the Regional Parks Land Acquisition Fund. The fund levy rate is $20 per average residential household assessment. It generates approximately $3.7 million each year. Since 2000, CRD Regional Parks, with its partners, has purchased 4,491 hectares of land totaling $49 million. The acquisitions are guided by the CRD Regional Parks Land Acquisition Strategy 2015-2017.