No guarantees on Witty’s stairs rebuild in Metchosin

CRD Parks staff look first at how best to shore up crumbling hillside

The stairs leading down to Witty’s Lagoon park will remain closed for the remainder of the year and early into 2015, according to CRD Regional Parks.

“It’s kind of like if you were to picture a bowl of jelly on top of a pile of marbles, and the marbles are moving,” said CRD Parks senior manager Mike Walton of the unstable hillside. “The (stairs and pathway) are going to remain closed until the public safety issue is addressed. We’ve received the engineers’ report, and we’re reviewing it now.”

CRD Parks will explore various solutions, then put forward a report to the regional district’s parks committee early next year to begin the process of shoring up the crumbling slope, Walton said. “We encourage people to use the main entrance and enjoy that forest path down to the beach,” he said of the 1.2-kilometre trail. “Or there are picnic areas and ocean views from Tower Point, off Olympic View Drive, and that path is only about 500 metres and relatively flat.”

He reiterated that right now, if people choose to go down via the stairs, they would be trespassing on private property. The stairs have been closed since February of this year.

acowan@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Artists find showcase at Coast Collective gallery

Art from the Attic showcases forgotten treasures

Drop off your old branches in Colwood

Program helps keep city yards tidy

Premier John Horgan announces improvements to Highway 14

Construction on the $10 million project is set to begin immediately

Upgrades to Millstream overpass to begin Feb. 1

Project includes addition of left hand turn lane onto highway to Victoria

Victoria Grizzlies look to continue hot steak

Team hits the road this weekend before Family Fun Night

Monster trucks invade Victoria

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour stops at Save-On Foods Memorial Centre this weekend

Wind warning back in effect around Vancouver Island

80 km/h winds expected Saturday, Jan. 20, on east coast of Island, 100 km/h on west coast

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

UPDATE: BC Transit’s handyDart service strike delayed

LRB application by contractor means new strike notice must be issued by union

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Most Read