Cedar Hill Park

Stone bridge over phone in Cedar Hill Park

Thank you to all who participated in the various Public Engagement activities organized for this project which have included an Ideas Fair, several workshops and a survey. To date we’ve had contact with over 800 individuals who have provided valuable feedback about the park!

Through this process, we have worked with our Stakeholder Working Group to prepare a DRAFT Vision for the park (see below). Our next step, which is currently underway will be to determine the most appropriate type of plan for the park.

DRAFT VISION – CEDAR HILL PARK
Cedar Hill Park balances nature, community, and recreation in a harmonious way. People, place, and the environment share an intimate connection that fosters mutual health and well-being. We are all stewards of the park, committed to its long-term preservation and enhancement.

Please note that this planning exercise acknowledges that the operations of the Cedar Hill Golf Course and the Recreation Center are not part of the project scope and that they will continue to operate in the park in the foreseeable future.   

Ideas Fair - June 8, 2017

On June 8, 2017 an Ideas Fair was attended by a total of 119 people, two classes of students from Cedar Hill Middle School were consulted about the project, plus an online survey was open to all from June 8 to August 9 which was completed by 605 respondents. 

You can review a short summary [PDF - 544 KB] of the most common/popular comments from our survey and view ideas made by youth at Cedar Hill Middle School.

You can also view all comments from our survey [PDF - 1013 KB] (total 176 pages).

Our next step is to organize a Stakeholder Workshop where we will discuss information from these various public engagement activities. The date of the workshop is yet to be determined and will be sometime early October.

Through this process, we hope to determine a vison for Cedar Hill Park and to assist us with future park planning and management. Please note: Public use of the Cedar Hill Golf Course and Recreation Centre will continue to operate as it currently does.

Background

Cedar Hill Park is one of Saanich’s largest parks and is home to the Cedar Hill Golf Course, Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, McRae House, the well-used chip trail as well as two baseball diamonds, Kings Pond and numerous natural areas. Currently Saanich Parks is undergoing a visioning and planning project for the park. The operations of both the Golf Course and Recreation Centre will not be included in the scope of the project. The project scope will focus natural areas and open land located throughout the park, the chip trail, Kings Pond, a tributary of Bowker Creek, and the Queensbury and Finlayson parking lots.

Cedar Hill is a 53.4-hectare municipal park in the Quadra Cedar Hill neighbourhood. Originally, the area used by many generations of the Lekwungen (Songhees, Esquimalt, and Saanich) First Nations. A number of landowners and leaseholders managed the property prior to Saanich obtaining the land for Parks and Recreation purposes in 1967. Kings Pond, located in the north end of the park was one of the original ponds in the area and continues to be a popular feature in the park. Initially, the Golf Couse by developed by a golf pro who leased the land from the McRae family. The Golf Course was run as a private enterprise from 1921 to 1967 (1921-1952 as a 9-Hole course/ 1952 - 1967 as an 18-hole course).

Cedar Hill Park Stakeholder Working Group

To ensure that the project reflects the community’s values, Saanich Parks has formed a Stakeholder Working Group. The group is comprised of staff, representatives from three local Community Associations, the Friends of Cedar Hill Park, the Cedar Hill Golf Club and the CRD. The group will assist with scoping of the project, developing a vision statement and plan, public engagement process, and will act as a sounding board for ideas. 

Feedback

Contact us at parks@saanich.ca or 250-475-5522 with your input on Cedar Hill Park.