On a sunny Saturday, May 13, we made the
Bay a better place for the kids to Play. Over 60 volunteers from the Cadboro Bay Residents Association, the Oak Bay Community Association, The Royal Victoria Yacht Club,
Surf Riders and the Veins of Life Watershed Society made the day an
The day started with our Emergency Preparedness Committee
setting up a command tent on the beach, handing out safety equipment to all the volunteers and
following a safety briefing sent us down the beach to the derelict boats, armed
with shovels, garbage boxes and bags and a resolve to clean up the mess.
Oak Bay Municipality provided a “farm tractor” and a trailer
to move the 4 ½ tons of garbage and junk to the large bin set up in the
corner of the park. Saanich Municipality. in a neighbourly gesture, provided the 10′x10′ command tent, the safety vests,
gloves and other safety equipment including traffic cones.
The next step in the process will be to secure the funding
necessary for C-Tow to drag the
derelict boats over to the Yacht Club, where volunteers will lift them out of
the water with their crane load them on trucks provided by Ralmax.
Stay tuned for an announcement on the Haul-away Day.
Photos (courtesy of Marianne Scott) from today’s cleanup around and in the derelict boats along Cadboro Beach can be viewed online.