CVRD Area G
BY MEL DOREY
Saltair has three very special parks that provide residents with natural amenities that are hard to equal anywhere. Stocking Creek Park the biggest is a long linear park with old growth features of a virgin forest and was established in 1988. As the years go by the park is expanding partly because riparian area regulations prohibit development in this gully that contains the creek. Landowners on both sides of the creek have been adding parcels of land to the park. Going the full length of the park is Stocking Creek that starts meandering peacefully in the upper reaches and tumbles down a gully, over a falls and then terminates in Davis Lagoon where birdlife is abundant. There are two accesses to the park. The main access is Thicke Road off Chemainus Road at the south end and the northern access is at Finch Place off Gait Road. There are flora and fauna signs throughout the park pointing out natural features of interest along the many kilometres of trails. Many use these trails for fitness or walking their dog. The community has built a bridge over the creek with mainly donated materials and labour as well as a viewing staircase at the falls for better accessibility for all. There are picnic tables and a washroom at the Thicke Road end of the park.
Princess Diana Park is our second nature park and the entrance is located on Olsen Road. Patricia Dornbosh and her sister donated the land for this park. Don Naslund and Vern Kornet built several trials throughout the park so that it is much more interesting to walk. Most of Saltair’s trails have a trademark wood chip covering to make the walk quiet, comfortable and easy on the feet. In the spring the Saltair Parks Commission will be erecting signage to commemorate Mrs. Dornbosh’s gift to the community. Park benches will be situated near the signs for people to rest.
Centennial Park is our community recreational park where softball, tennis and ball hockey give people excellent service. The summer student program of CVRD painted the dugouts, the shelter, concession and washrooms this past summer. Next summer we will be renovating the inside of the washrooms and putting a new roof on. The south end parking lot at Mountainview Road was resurfaced and landscaping redone at the entrance this fall. The whole park is looking pretty good.
With these beautiful parks the real estate values in Saltair stay up and the residents benefit recreationally from activities and trails. Sunny Saltair is a very enjoyable and healthy place to live.