The Friends of Bowker Creek Society have requested the Minister of Education, the Honourable Jennifer Whiteside, to encourage Greater Victoria School District 61 follow the prescribed process should they wish to dispose of the 1.9 acre south-west portion of the land that was once Richmond Elementary School and is now the south campus of Lansdowne Middle School. This property lays wholly within the District of Saanich.
Bowker Creek was first known as Thaywun – coho salmon stream – by the Songhees Nation of the lək̓ʷəŋən People.
Email the Trusteestrustees@sd61.bc.ca asking to stop the sale of this public land, and instead keep it for flood mitigation and outdoor education for children – where they can have safe access to the creek, see wildlife, and learn about riparian restoration and what it means to care for and be connected to a creek in the city.
Speak at the School Board Meeting. Members of the public may register to speak at the Jan. 24th meeting by Wednesday 12 pm noon of the prior week (Wed. Jan. 19th) by emailing your request to speak to: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 250.475.4106 (Victoria Hanley is the Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer and Board of Education). You are allowed up to 5 minutes to make your presentation. Please consider registering to speak, or write to the Board of Trustees at: email@example.com to express your values for this property and stake in the proposed sale.
We’ve posted about Bowker Creek several times in the past decade on our CCA website. The recent rains here have shown the important role this waterway plays within Saanich, the Shelbourne valley watershed, and our community area.
We ignore the needs of floodwater management at our peril, as this image of Bowker Creek overflowing with the mid-November deluge demonstrates.
The blueprint forms a 100 year CRD planning document that outlines detailed plans for restoration of the creek, including flood control measures for Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay and a multi use trail from UVic to the ocean.
The Bowker Creek Daylighting Feasibility Study(2020) shows detailed plans of proposed creek realignment and storm water facilities on both the Lansdowne middle school north and south fields, which will help prevent future flooding in Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay.
We the undersigned urge the city of Saanich to work with the Province and CRD to acquire this BC Hydro owned property, slated for imminent sale, and preserve the green space in its entirety as a municipal park.
The CCA urges you to sign this petition. With the planned subdivision of two SD61 school properties within the CCA’s boundaries, our local green space is already diminishing.
Why is this important?
This green space is used by hundreds of residents every day, is home to numerous bird and pollinating species, and has been treated as a park for the past 68 years. The area contains a creek, its riparian zone and floodplain.
Please enjoy the CCA newsletter and update for this month at this link.
A survey on the recent sale and planned sale by SD61 of sections of school property at, respectively, the main Lansdowne Middle School location and its south campus at the former Richmond Elementary school.
A link to an information session to be presented by SD61 on the second planned sale is provided.
To be eligible to vote or become a board member, your membership must be paid by Thursday, November 11. Please visit the membership page on our website if you would like to purchase or renew a CCA Membership.
We hope to see you at our virtual AGM on November 18th!
The CCA has posted a survey on Facebook regarding the two recent land sales by School District 61 that directly affect school properties within the CCA boundaries.
The first sale of land at Lansdowne Middle School is to provide space for a new francophone school. The second sale of land at the south campus of Lansdowne Middle School – the grounds of the former Richmond Elementary school – is to provide a building site for the Victoria Hospice Society.