Welcome to summer! Bears are coming out of hibernation, so be bear aware when visiting Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. This year, Metro Vancouver has started a pilot project at Belcarra Regional Park that involves installing food lockers near the picnic shelters, while Metro Vancouver signage offers great tips on keeping yourself and the wildlife safe.
Metro Vancouver has also implemented a new strategic plan for the trails in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR), just downstream of the drinking water reservoir. This plan will provide more recreational activities for the walkers, hikers and horseback riders who already use the trails, while protecting our sensitive ecosystem.
On another note, Metro Vancouver is also stepping up its outreach to remind the public to register their older, non-road diesel engines and have begun holding workshops on designing the new Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant. And Metro Vancouver’s Waste-to-Energy Facility has been chosen as the best place to dispose of abandoned waste that is being returned to Canada from the Philippines.
Metro Vancouver Board Chair Sav Dhaliwal also made his inaugural address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Metro Vancouver’s Five-Year Outlook, which includes nearly $5.5 billion worth of capital projects to serve our growing region.
For a more visual perspective on Metro Vancouver’s work, check out the videos on crabbing and beach-keeping at Belcarra Regional Park, and the new Fisherman’s Bridge over the Seymour River. If you get a chance this summer, perhaps visit those parks and experience them for yourself.
Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.