After a long journey that began in 2006, we are delighted that on February 3rd 2020 Saanich Council directed staff to report how to achieve Cecelia Creek Falls Park as envisioned in the concept plan. The project supports Saanich’s OCP vision for Environmental Integrity “Saanich restores and protects air, land and water quality, the biodiversity of existing natural areas and eco-systems, the network of natural areas, open spaces and urban forests.”
The Park Design
After the Cecelia Creek Falls Park was chosen as a legacy project to celebrate Saanich’s Centennial Year, a design concept was created and presented to the community in 2008 at a Saanich Parks’ open house. The design provides for a safe outdoor educational site for school children by allowing a natural flow rate of water to pass through the park to eliminate hazards caused by high flow rates. The creek’s banks are designed with maximum 2:1 slope. A 5% grade to the main pipe was accommodated by creating a small waterfall with a sitting area and a trail planned to allow visitors to enjoy the creek. Native plants will be used throughout the area and interpretive signage provided.
For further information about the Legacy Project and the history of the Cecelia Creek Watershed click here. With many thanks to Ken Whitcroft for this update and information.