Thursday, June 20, 2024

Central Saanich will purchase 18-acres of land to expand Butterfield Park


Butterfield Park in Central Saanich is about to nearly double in size after the municipality agreed to purchase an adjacent 18-acre parcel of land for $3.2 million.

The purchase will protect 10 acres of heavily forested land at 1124 Mount Newton Cross Road, and includes selling about eight acres of bare land to fund the purchase.

“To see a large portion of heavily forested land that borders a park come for sale is rare, and something of this magnitude is a special opportunity,” said Mayor Ryan Windsor. “At the end of the process, we are looking for this to be a cost-neutral purchase, or close to, which is a wonderful outcome for the community.”

Located at 8000 Thomson Place off Mount Newton Cross Road, Butterfield Park is a 13-acre property. Central Saanich took on its care in 1988 after the passing of Hilda Butterfield, whose family had owned it since 1913.

The Butterfield family was dedicated to preserving native wildflowers and plants. In 1992, the house, barn, garage, and shed on the property were designated a municipal heritage site.

The park features the Butterfield Park Loop, a walking trail just shy of a kilometre, which connects to the two-kilometre Brown’s Wood Trail, donated to the district by Dorothy and Bill Brown.

“Butterfield Park was made possible by a land donation for the intent of protecting and sharing the rare and exceptional beauty of the land,” said Windsor. “We are pleased to be able to expand on this gift to the community and ensure current and future generations can also care for and enjoy this beautiful area.”

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