Underwater lovers add to marine protection

A new kiosk highlighting the marine environment at Cattle Point Urban Star Park will cost $20,000 to build

A new kiosk highlighting the marine environment at Cattle Point Urban Star Park will cost $20,000 to build and sponsors are being sought to help pay for it.

The kiosk will replace an existing one that is old, faded and falling apart, said Oak Bay Environmental Advisory Committee member Chris Garrett, whose group is spearheading the project.

“One initiative of the environmental committee is to raise public awareness of the local marine environment and what the ways are to protect it properly,” Garrett said. “When you go to many public parks, there is usually a display and it makes you appreciate it.”

The kiosk will have four sides, each explaining different aspects of the marine environment, such as First Nations’ interaction, birds wintering in the area every year, flora and fauna, and the oceanic geography.

Garrett added the advisory committee is open to all types of sponsorships such as dedicating a panel in memory of a loved one or naming the kiosk after a sponsor.

Coun. Kevin Murdoch, who chairs the Oak Bay Environmental Advisory Committee, said parks and recreation normally funds such projects but money is limited.

“I know they have playgrounds that need substantial upgrades,” said Murdoch, who sees the need for a new kiosk.

“It makes people aware of the environment. Sometimes people don’t know they are hurting it unless they have information telling them about what’s there.”

Murdoch said a new, slightly less expensive kiosk is being installed near Uplands Park – that funding came from both the municipality and donations.

“It’s mixed,” Murdoch said. “Which honestly, is how these projects get done nowadays.”

The committee has been working with Lime Design in drawing up the new, all-wood kiosk.

For more information about sponsorship, contact Garrett at 250-598-1345.