Brooks Point Completion: One Step Closer

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Monica Petrie, David Howe & Jeff Ward at Brooks Point

The vision of Brooks Point Regional Park on South Pender Island came a step closer to completion on June 29th when the Pender Islands Conservancy Association presented a cheque for $25,000 to Capital Regional District representative, Jeff Ward.  PICA had already raised  $152,000 through the Pender Islands community.  In March 2013 PICA agreed to raise the remaining $150,000 “conservation partner” portion of the funding requirement if the CRD would remove the subdivision resale option to pay down the acquisition loan.  The CRD agreed.  The $25,000 cheque is the first installment on that commitment.

The Cheque was exchanged near the navigational light at the southeast tip on South Pender Island overlooking the San Juan Islands to the South, Mount Baker and Saturna Island to the East, and Vancouver Island to the West.  In early May this Point is covered with one of the thickest stands of chocolate lilies in the Southern Gulf Islands.  Orcas often swim in close as they round the Point.  CRD Director David Howe said: “PICA’s vision and commitment since 1996 has been key in protecting this ecological gem.”

PICA’s committee co-chair pointed out, “This is just the first installment on the conservation partner share of the funding requirement.  There is still $125,000 to raise by December 2014.”  PICA is seeking support from conservation organizations and conservation-minded individuals to help complete the funding requirements.  The Islands Trust Fund recently put up $5,000 to match donations for Brooks Point made by December 2013.  Petrie also noted that conservation-minded businesses have contributed: “A major portion of this first installment was provided by Poets Cove Resort on South Pender”.

PICA has two fundraising events planned in Victoria: a charity golf tournament “Chocolate Lily Cup II” on August 18th at Prospect Lake and a concert at Alix Goolden Hall on Novemebr 10th.  The colourful poster for Chocolate Lily Cup II points out a hole-in-one “Wins a Saunders Subaru.”

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