Community Considers Parking Renewal at Oak Bay Recreation Center – Victoria News

Oak Bay’s own Bald Eagles band will perform as the community reviews a potential vision for the Bowker Creek area on Bee Street.

In July, volunteers took advantage of Oak Bay’s new Coolkit process to consult with community members about the impacts of climate change in the area.

The organizers found that the main observations were that parking, with impenetrable surfaces, occupies a significant portion of the site. Pavement prevents rainwater from soaking into the ground, contributing to creek flooding and erosion each fall and winter and providing significant heat in the summer.

They also note that pedestrian access along the creek and through the top parking lot upstream and downstream is disconnected from public paths to the Oak Bay village and community center.

With a draft plan generated from that input, the same group, which includes Friends of Bowker Creek and Community Association of Oak Bay members, is hosting another consultation on September 25 from 2-4 p.m. in Bee St. The potential plan includes the restoration of Bowker Creek by widening the stream corridor, renewing the streambank ecosystem and expanding biodiversity; redesigning the parking lot to extend the urban forest to provide a natural habitat and shade for summer cooling, as well as promoting stormwater infiltration and creating a greenway for walkers and cyclists. In addition to attending the latest ice cream social, residents can provide input by emailing or

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