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Mary Lake Supporters Newsletter #3


It has been an exciting and busy couple of weeks here at GVGS as we move closer to the Dec. 23 closing date. Lots of good news!

Walkabouts at Mary Lake: 2 more were hosted, that had over 40 people attending including Eric Backman a professional photographer from Metchosin who has generously offered to donate his services to our cause.
Click on the image below to see some beautiful shots he took at Mary Lake of the 13,000 year old Millstream watershed that runs through the property.

Stay tuned for more opportunities to walk this beautiful property..........

The District of Highlands Council has indicated their support for the Mary Lake park project with a letter of recommendations for initiatives that they will begin in preparations for public input and to raise a portion of the funds needed for the acquisition of Mary Lake for Park purposes.

The Friends of Mary Lake also presented to council an additional 151 signatures from Highlands’ residents who support the vision of Mary Lake as a public park. This brings the totals to 368 signatures of support so far from the 783 single family residences. In his presentation to council Michael Bocking also noted that 51% of the Highlands residents are less than a 20-30 min. walk to Mary Lake.

“Acquisition of Mary Lake as a park would be a visionary act, keeping environmental protection and public access to wild land in a climate of development that will not relent any time soon. Let's do it for the next generation (and then enjoy it ourselves!) “ ~ J Nelson
 See more comments from the public…..

Thank You

We at the Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society are so grateful for the enthusiasm, encouragement and donations we have received from our local community for a project that aligns with our mutual values of protecting green spaces, nature and especially the watershed.

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Alistair MacGregor MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford and Jennifer Hermany his Community Outreach Coordinator visited Mary Lake. They were impressed by the beauty, and peaceful environment of the lake and forest. Alistair's local community office has been helping us track down government grants applicable to the project and we just received an official letter of support from him for our initiative. Thank you, Alistair and Jennifer!

Support from Local Municipalities


Both the City of Victoria and the Town of View Royal have sent us their letters of support. Thank You!

“The trees and green spaces of the Highlands have long been recognized as big contributors to the healthy ecosystems that daily contribute to clean, healthy air and water for the local region.”

Support from Environmental Community
Since our last newsletter 3 environmental organizations have expressed their support for the Mary Lake Park project.
They believe that ALL of our home waters should be in good condition--this means they have healthy fish populations, provide access to clean drinking water and are safe for swimming!
Creatively United showcases and celebrates the important work that people are doing to ensure where we live, work, eat, play and study remains beautiful, vibrant, healthy and resilient. Since 2012 they have been hosting an Earth Week festival that is “Inspiring Environmental Awareness & Community Through Creativity”.
Victoria's local land trust that conserves nature on south Vancouver Island. They work to increase the amount of protected natural area in our region  by maintaining and restoring natural areas.
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Thanks for supporting the Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society's
Mary Lake Park & Trail Project

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