Mount Work Regional Park just got a little bit bigger.
Capital Regional District announced on Wednesday it has purchased 12.1 hectares of undeveloped land adjacent to Mount Work Regional Park.
The district says the parcel is primarily second-growth Douglas fir forest, with “intermittent patches of open rock bluffs.”
“This acquisition helps preserve this area for future generations, provides important ecological connectivity and makes a wonderful addition to Mount Work Regional Park,” Colin Plant, CRD board chair, said in a press release.
“In 1959, my parents became modern-day pioneers with the purchase of 165 acres of scarcely used land at the end of a remote, meandering dusty road in the Highland District,” said William Carrilho Jr. and Isabelle Poirier in a statement in memory of Carrilho’s parents William Carrilho and Helen Carrilho-Ansing. “After 61 years in the family, the time has come to release some of the property. Today, my wife and I can think of no better use for the land than to have it revert to park. CRD Parks will be a worthy land steward, holding it for the common good and allowing the general public access and enjoyment.”
The newly acquired land is located on Ross Durrance Road and connects to the western edge of the park and bringing the total size of Mount Work Regional Park to 742.1 hectares.