–District of Sooke media release
The Mayor and Council of the District of Sooke have been concerned about public safety when members of the public launch their boats at the public boat launch and park their trucks and trailers on the narrow edge of West Coast Road, leaving little room for pedestrians to safely maneuver around them. In order to address this issue, Mayor Maja Tait and Council have directed staff to negotiate an affordable lease option to provide off-road parking at the bottom of Maple Avenue.
Brian Butler, the owner of the property, was pleased to accommodate the District’s request. The area of the parking lot is 210 x 80 meters with parking for approximately 12-15 trucks and trailers (size dependent). There is a 212 meter gravel walk way (1 .5 meter wide) that provides a scenic walk from the parking area to a point on the West Coast Hwy, approximately 100 meters east of the boat launch access road.
“We are thrilled to be in a position to address this public safety issue,” said Mayor Tait.
Hours of operation are dawn to dusk with no over night parking allowed. The parking area will be monitored by District staff to ensure no over night camping or lengthy stays occur, in an effort to provide fair and equitable access for everyone. Parking on West Coast Road will be prohibited in this area and owners who park on West Coast Road near the public boat launch will be subject to towing.SPN Photo. Panorama (180 degrees) of the parking lot.