Thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign so far! We’ve made significant progress since the start of our campaign, but we need your support now or we lose this opportunity to create a new park for our community.
We already have $1.4 million in commitments from the CRD, the landowners and other generous donors and we have raised an additional $200,000 in community contributions. We now have just 41 days (as of this posting) to raise the final $150,000 to secure the land for the park. Donate now! All donations are tax-deductible through our partnership with the Salt Spring Island Foundation.
Salt Spring Community Park will be a new 75-acre park with trails for the public on the northeast slope of Hwmet’utsum/Mt. Maxwell will support the protection of sensitive ecosystems in the neighbouring watershed and preserve the forest from logging and development. Moving this land from private to community ownership will create the largest contiguous tract of protected land in the Southern Gulf Islands.
This is our generation’s chance to create a park for the future, today.
The 75-acre property is located on the northeast-facing slope of Hwmet’utsum/Mt. Maxwell, and helps protect Mt. Maxwell Provincial Park, Mt. Maxwell Ecological Reserve, and Mt. Maxwell Lake – a vital water supply for Salt Spring Island.
This project is supported by an unprecedented collection of conservationists, climate change activists, outdoor enthusiasts, Salt Spring elders and young people who need a place to learn and play in the forest! Please join our coalition of Salt Springers to bring this community park to life! The Salt Spring Island Foundation will be issuing tax receipts for all donations, which you can deduct from your taxable income for tax savings at the end of the year.
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The Salt Spring Community Park Campaign respectfully acknowledges that we live and work within the ancestral and unceded traditional territory of the Hul’qumi’num and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples.