A sign on the Witty Beach Road trail accessing the stairs down to Witty’s Lagoon aims to prevent visitors from using the route. Capital Regional District parks staff declared the slope underneath the stairs to be unstable. People may still access the beach from the main parking lot off Metchosin Road.

Unstable earth leads to Witty’s stair closure in Metchosin

CRD staff trying to determine whether to upgrade slope under stairs

Capital Regional Parks has closed off the stair access to Witty’s Lagoon off Witty Beach Road.

The stairs were closed Feb. 13 due to unsafe conditions with the “slope stability,” said Mike MacIntyre, CRD manager of park operations.

There was a landslide in 2007 near the stairs and since then the area has been closely monitored, he said. The closure resulted from the most recent engineer’s report, which was completed in early February.

“We recognize this is a significant access point to the beach and we are looking to provide safe access,” MacIntyre said.

Park visitors can still access the beach from the main parking lot off Metchosin Road.

MacIntyre did not give estimates as to how long the access from Witty Beach Road will be closed.

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