At an Oct. 3 council meeting, Metchosin Mayor John Ranns announced that the stairs at Witty’s Beach have been inspected and are now open for use, although some tree topping and work on the rails still needs to be done. The project was completed for $100,000 and paid for by the Capital Regional District, well below the $1.3 million estimate from the CRD before the municipality took over the project. Metchosin will be responsible for maintenance.
Mayor Ranns said “It’s a beautiful park and a lot of people across the region use it. Metchosin Council tried to find a way to accommodate them and I believe that we have achieved that, and at a small fraction of the CRD estimated cost. It was a rural solution.”
In 2014 the CRD closed the stairs to Witty Beach due to unsafe conditions. The stairs, built on Metchosin right of way, had been a popular access point to Witty Beach. Finding a solution to re‐build these stairs has been a priority for the District of Metchosin.