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Central Park geotechnical and drilling work

Central Park users will notice some exploratory geotechnical work being conducted this week by Thurber Engineering. They will have a crew onsite at Central Park to locate utilities in preparation for drilling work that will take place on July 26 and August 1.

Here is some background info.


  • The project team will be drilling onsite to test the ground conditions for the Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project.
  • While the work is being conducted some park amenities will be inaccessible (see schedule below for details).
  • Our geotechnical consultant will be working closely with the contractor to conduct the tests in an efficient manner.
  • Our Recreation team will have a representative onsite to respond to public questions and concerns.
  • Our Parks team will assist in locating the utilities and will work with the contractor to ensure the park is safe and free of damage.


Thursday, July 26: Day A – Rock Probing

  • Duration: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • See map below for probe locations
  • There will be “What’s Happening” signage to notify the public in advance of this work.

Wednesday, August 1: Day B – Auger Drilling

  • Duration: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • See map below for drilling locations
  • “What’s Happening” signage will remain posted until end of day.


  • Only affected areas (noted in map below) will be shut down during the drilling.
  • The contractor will delineate work areas as required.
  • These shut downs may affect the basketball and tennis courts intermittently.

For more information:

T: 250.361.0600


To learn more about the Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project, visit

August 1st meeting – two land use presentations

Join us at 7pm on Wed. Aug. 1 in the Community Room in the Save-On-Foods Memorial Area (see this map for location) to learn about District Developments Corp’s redevelopment proposal for the Wellburns Grocery building at the corner of Cook and Pandora. The proposed concept will restore the heritage facade and build a 6-storey, stepped back residential and ground-floor commercial. Architect is Michael Green Architecture. Here is District’s community meeting submission form.


Join us at 8pm on Wed. Aug. 1 in the Community Room at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena (see this map for location) to learn about Novus Properties‘ development proposal for 919 and 923 Caledonia. The proposed concept involves restoring the light blue house, building a replica heritage house and a 19 unit multi-family structure. All units will be rental. Architect is Hillel Architecture. Here is the developer’s community meeting submission form.



North Park adds 2 cents to Capital Budget process

The following note is from our City Liaison Mike Hill. He attended our early April public meeting and, along with Brad Dellaburr (Assistant Director of Transportation, Engineering and Public Works), gave us a thorough walk through of the process and the capital projects coming to our neighbourhood. Check out Mike’s comprehensive and informative presentation. Questions for Mike? You can call or email him at 250.361.0397

From Mike Hill in advance of our April meeting:

“Victoria City Council has asked staff to engage with neighbourhood associations early in the 2019 capital budget planning process.  It is the City’s intent to improve our responsiveness to community priorities through budget planning.  This engagement is intended as another step towards ensuring that residents understand the budget process and the opportunities for providing input.

A member of our transportation team and I would like to provide a 15 minute presentation followed by questions and comments at your meeting next week (April 4). The goal is to increase awareness of how the capital budgeting process works and to provide an early opportunity for feedback on some transportation-related projects that have been identified for your neighbourhood.  We will review the 2018 capital projects scheduled for your neighbourhood and some of the projects that have been identified for 2019 and beyond.

Residents often express interest in pedestrian-related transportation projects and we would like to focus on discussing these with you.   Features such as crosswalks, sidewalks, pedestrian signals and bus shelters each have assessment processes that staff use to identify priority projects for budget consideration.  Through this engagement, we would like your local knowledge of conditions and concerns.  Are there crosswalks without signals that you feel are urgent issues that should be addressed in the capital budget over the next few years?  Have certain streets become busier and new issues emerged for pedestrians?

Feedback from this meeting will then be shared with City staff this spring, which is the beginning of the annual budgeting process.  This fall, all residents and neighbourhood associations will have an opportunity to provide feedback within the broader community engagement process. After the fall engagement is complete, the budget will be taken to Council for approval.

About Budget Planning
The budget planning is a complex process of coordinating and prioritizing a large number of important projects competing for City resources.  The City’s Strategic Plan provides high level guidance on budget priorities. Other plans such as the Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan, along with multi-year project commitments such as the Harbour Pathway also help define priorities.

Consideration is then given to prioritization and scheduling.  For example, it may make sense to complete some projects while other work is being done at the location, or there may be greater risk to public safety that makes a project more urgent. The budget process is not about introducing new projects, rather it is about prioritizing projects that have already been identified.

There are always more projects than can be resourced with existing funding and staff support.  It is therefore necessary to be diligent in identifying resource allocation and looking for creative ways to address community issues and improve neighbourhood quality of life.






Victoria’s History Comes Alive

 New Online Archives Search

The stories that form the collective history of BC’s Capital City are now more accessible through a new City of Victoria Archives Online Search, a searchable database containing over 10,000 digitized archival photos and records.

For the past 50 years, the City of Victoria Archives has been the caretaker of these unique records, carefully stewarding the stories of Victoria’s past. Now through the Archives Online Search these stories are even easier to find and access.

The Archives Online Search uses AtoM, an open source, standards-based application. AtoM is an acronym for Access to Memory. AtoM is used by many other Canadian archives and international institutions, including BC Archives, The World Bank, NATO and UNESCO.

The City of Victoria Archives continues the legacy left by Ainslie Helmcken, who became the City’s first archivist in 1967. The Archives continues this stewardship of the City’s historical records and enabling open access to this material.

Participatory Budgeting – Winners announced!

Victoria’s first ever Participatory Budgeting Process!

The City of Victoria received 28 project proposals, submitted by individuals and organizations this past Fall. The ideas were vetted to ensure they were viable and worked to improve life in Victoria. Eight shortlisted projects were vying for up to $50,000 in funding and the community was given a chance to vote!  Information about the proposals is available on the City website at

The three winners were announced on January 31. Funding of $52,500 will be distributed to these community-based projects that all have the common goal of improving life in Victoria:

  •  An employment training program, connecting vulnerable adults with local employers. This program, run by Our Place, will have its classroom location in North Park.  You can read more about it here:
  • A pop-up native bee apiary
  • A community learning garden

Congratulations to the winners – we look forward to seeing these projects in action!

Sign up for Vic Alert

We’re all aware of the kinds of emergencies that can come our way in Victoria and elsewhere in British Columbia.

Vic-Alert is the City of Victoria’s free emergency notification service that informs you by text, phone and email of major emergencies or disasters that may impact you in Victoria. For more information on Vic-Alert, visit: 

On the same page there also are links to useful information about what to do in an emergency.

British Columbia’s new Wireless Public Alerting system called “Alert Ready” does not replace the need for Vic-Alert. It is estimated that only 30% of smart phones are currently compatible with the provincial alerts, which communicate general tsunami alert information – not specific to Victoria.

Local governments are responsible for alerting citizens of emergencies that may impact them. Vic-Alert can deliver neighbourhood-specific information on emergencies such as gas leaks, boil water advisories, evacuation, etc.

Don’t be unprepared — get as much information as you can!

Cities in the 21st Century

Lunch Time Lectures at City Hall – Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps and City Manager 

This lunch time lecture series explores city-making in the 21st century. What does Victoria look like in 30 to 40 years? How do we get there? Lunch Time Lectures at City Hall will provide doses of inspiration from near and far and will examine how, together, city hall, residents and businesses can seize the opportunities and challenges of being a leading-edge city in the 21st century.

All lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

  • Monday, June 4 – Local Action Moves the World, with Beate Weber-Schuerholz
    The United Nations’  2016 New Urban Agenda requests States to prevent further damage to the world’s ecology, economy, climate and social stability. Without cities taking the lead, nations will not be able to meet their sustainability goals. Cities have the potential to proactively live up to this challenge.

    The Heidelberg example demonstrates that involving all municipal departments and sectors such as planning, infrastructure, construction, utilities, economic development, mobility, education and public relations could move the World. This can only be achieved by including and mobilizing citizens, local entreprises, science and NGOs.

    Beate Weber-Schuerholz was a member of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1990 and Mayor of Heidelberg, Germany from 1990 to 2006. Heidelberg was winner of the European Sustainable City (EU) twice.

  • For information about future topics, stay tuned to

North Park Village beautification- Phase 2

You’ve probably already seen the great orange and teal mural at the northeast corner of Cook and North Park Streets. It was created for the North Park Village by a group of artists under the leadership of Luke Ramsey, Victoria’s artist-in-residence.

Now we are excited by the news that grant funding has been approved for the next phase of this beautification project, which is a joint undertaking of the North Park Neighbourhood Association and the Fernwood Community Association. Phase Two will extend the orange “story line” to two more corners of this intersection at the heart of our village – specifically to the north wall of Toes ‘n’ Taps Dance Shoppe, and the front windows of Cook Street Castle Building Centre

Huge thanks to Toes ‘n’ Taps Dance Shoppe, TriEagle Developments, Cook Street Castle Building Centre and Garside Signs & Displays for their participation in this project. And of course the City of Victoria’s Great Neighbourhood Grant Program.

Also, keep your eyes open for new banners at the Pandora and Caledonia Avenue ends of the village.