By Peter Rusland, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, April 05, 2011
That’s how much more the Cowichan Land Trust and The Land Conservancy must raise by June 30 to complete an option to purchase Sansum Point on North Cowichan’s Stoney Hill Peninsula.
The $1.85-million oceanfront eco-jewel would become a 128-acre park within the Cowichan Valley Regional District, the purchase project’s biggest partner.
The CVRD’s chipping $1.2 million of taxpayer cash from its parkland acquisition fund into the buy cheered by politicians and eco-folks Tuesday at Maple Bay Yacht Club.
“Imagine what this park will mean to our community in 20 or 50 years,” said CVRD chairwoman Gerry Giles.
She noted her regional board needs to partner with citizen groups to buy all 11 park sites — less Stocking Lake bought about a year ago — targeted in the CVRD’s parks master plan.