Electoral Area E Director Jane Walter

Cherry Creek Falls park opening celebrated

The evolution of the park from a landmark known and used by locals to a protected regional park occurred over a five year period

  • Jun. 16, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Over 100 people attended the official opening of the Cherry Creek Falls Regional Park over the weekend.

“It was wonderful to see so many people come out to celebrate,” says Electoral Area E Director Jane Walter.  “The number of people who came out to mark the grand opening speaks to how much this landmark is treasured,”

The evolution of the park from a landmark known and used by locals to a protected regional park occurred over a five year period and involved the community and all levels of government. In April 2011, an application was submitted to the Province to build a rock quarry adjacent to the Falls spurring a group of local residents to see what they could do to save the site and see it protected.

This led to the formation of the Meadowbrook Community Association and lobbying of provincial and local politicians. The RDEK expressed its opposition to the proposed quarry and its willingness to create a day-use only park at Cherry Creek Falls provided the Association could convince the mineral tenure holder to forfeit the claim and the Province to prohibit mining on the entire tenure.

The Community Association Board raised the required $55,000 and on April 5, 2013, was informed that the tenure holder had forfeited the claim and that future mining had been prohibited on the 400-plus acres. The RDEK applied to the Province for a license to create an Area E Park on approximately 40 acres and a permit for a parking lot.

“Community action ensured that this special place would not become a rock quarry and instead would continue to be enjoyed by future generations,” said Bob Johnstone Meadowbrook Community Association President. “Thank you to everyone whose support and effort made Cherry Creek Falls Park a reality.”

Over the past two years, RDEK staff have completed a number of projects at the site including the installation of a safe walkway to the Falls, safety fencing, removal of danger trees, parking lot upgrades, installation of benches and picnic tables, trail maintenance, and new signage.

“This park represents what can happen when we come together and work together. Thanks to the efforts of so many in the community, local and Provincial governments, Cherry Creek Park will continue to be a sparkling jewel in our region and that is truly something to celebrate,” adds Walter.

The grand opening of Cherry Creek Falls Regional Park was held on Sunday, June 12, at the Falls.

Just Posted

Kimberley City Council urges residents not to feed deer

Let those animals be, it’s wildlife, they are perfectly capable and adapted to this; Counc. Oakley.

Kimberley’s Kaila Buchy wins BC U18 with Cotter rink

The British Columbia U18 Curling Championships were held last weekend, and as… Continue reading

Dynamiters even series at 2 – 2

The Kimberley Dynamiters scored four unanswered goals to beat the Leafs 5-2… Continue reading

Cross country skiers return to BC after excellent Nationals

Wrapping up a very successful week at the Canadian Nationals in Thunder… Continue reading

Sports School donates to Minor Hockey

The Selkirk Sports School proudly donates $3324 to Jackie Armstrong of Kimberley… Continue reading

Kimberley Skating Club ends season on a high note

Plans are already underway for the 2018-19 season.

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. emergency alert system being tested Wednesday

Alarm tone and message will play on TV and radio

BC Conservatives pumped by poll results

Surge in popularity has BC party picturing elected representatives in Victoria

Vancouver Island university develops program to help kids cope with overdose crisis

A child and youth care professor worked with students to develop projects focused on children, families and communities dealing with opioids.

Liberals tried pilot project with Facebook data whistleblower in 2016: source

Cambridge Analytica has been accused of improperly using information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts

No opting out: Canadians to get emergency alerts on their phones soon

Canada’s wireless providers are preparing for a looming update to the National Public Alerting System

Just For Laughs sold to Howie Mandel

Just For Laughs sold to Howie Mandel and U.S. company ICM Partners

Texas bombing suspect blows himself up as SWAT moves in

The suspect in a spate of bombing attacks that have terrorized Austin over the past month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in

Most Read