Cultus Lake Park

Who You Gonna Call?

You may have seen the posters around Cultus Lake Park about when to call Police and when to call Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement. This blog post shares additional information about this topic – information to help keep the people who live, work and play in Cultus Lake Park safe, and to ensure that the call goes to the right place when made.

Call 911 in a Police Emergency

When there is a situation that involves an immediate threat to a person’s safety or the security of their property. This includes:

  • Events that involve an immediate threat to a person or property: screams, attacks, gunshots, fires, car accidents with injuries, or other medical emergencies.
  • A substantive, in-progress crime such as a fight, break and enter (if there is a suspect on scene), or a report of an impaired driver.
  • A serious crime that has just occurred (examples: sexual assault or robbery).
  • A suspicious circumstance that may indicate an imminent criminal act (examples: prowler, vandal).

Call (604) 792-4611 for Non-Emergency Police Situations

Call this number when you want to report:

  • A crime with no suspect.
  • A crime with a suspect, but the suspect is not on the scene.
  • A serious crime with a suspect, but with a lengthy delay (example: assault that occurred last night).
  • A non-emergency is in progress (example: noisy party).
  • Ongoing crime issues or crimes that are not in-progress (examples: graffiti or ongoing drug dealing with no suspect on the scene).
  • A suspicious circumstance that may indicate an ongoing criminal activity (example: suspected drug lab).

When to Call Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement

The Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement Officers enforce the bylaws of Cultus Lake Park. They are NOT police or security.

Please call Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement when:

  • There is a situation where a bylaw is being broken.
  • You have a question about a bylaw.

It is important to note that Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement Officers do NOT handle emergency situations. A bylaw being broken is NOT an emergency – as frustrating as it can be. If the person is putting themselves or someone else at risk, please call 911.

The Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement number is: (604) 858-5298.

Voicemails left outside of office hours will be returned within 48 hours.

July’s Cultus Lake Park ROCKS Grand Prize

We’re thrilled to announce that our July Grand Prize for the Cultus Lake Park ROCKS contest is bigger than ever! Below is a list of the prizes – valued at more than $625:

  • Gift certificate from Inkboy Tattoo ($180 value)
  • One-hour boat rental at Cultus Lake Marina ($160 Value)
  • Cultus Lake Golf Club Package, including two 18-hole green fees, one hour on the Toptracer Range, two small buckets of balls for the driving range ($107 value)
  • One-hour stand up paddle board rental from Main Beach Boat Rental and Concession ($90 value)
  • Gift certificate for Sleepy Hollow Gems ($50 value)
  • Gift certificate for Beethoven’s Pizza ($25 value)
  • Gift certificate for Vanilla Café ($10 value)
  • Gift certificates for ice cream at Frosty’s ($5 value)

Each week – Monday to Thursday (excluding holiday Mondays) – 10 GREEN rocks marked with “www.cultuslake.bc.ca” are hidden around Cultus Lake Park. Find one of the GREEN rocks, turn it in to the Park Office during office hours Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and you will get a small prize (that will make a young child very happy). You will also be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE for that month.

The GREEN rocks are hidden in Cultus Lake Park Main Beach area on Monday mornings, and they are picked up on Thursday evenings. This is a WEEKDAY-ONLY contest. You won’t be able to find a green rock on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays – you have to come out during the week.

It’s only one entry per week per family. If you find more than one GREEN rock, please leave it in place for someone else to find!

Good luck to everyone this month!

Trees! Trees! Trees!

For those paying attention, you may have noticed that there are quite a few more trees at the Cultus Lake Park waterfront. In fact, 12 new, beautiful trees have been planted (three gingko, two dawn redwood, six maple and one dogwood).

This project, led by the Environmental and Public Area’s Planning Committee of the Cultus Lake Board – which is chaired by Cultus Lake Park Board Commissioner Darcy Bauer and vice chaired by Commissioner Larry Payeur – involved Park staff, committee members and residents working together towards the replacement of the old trees along the shoreline and restoration of the lost canopy.  

The trees were selected to provide shade in summer, colour in the fall, and, because they lose their leaves, they will help to maximize winter light. These will be tall trees, and each will have its branches pruned up as they grow. This will allow for open space underneath so that they won’t have too much of an impact on the amazing views of Cultus Lake.  

Native and beneficial plants were planted under the trees to support the trees’ growth and have been mulched to retain moisture and reduce weeds. Residents have adopted the trees and are committed to keeping them watered.

The Cultus Lake Park Board, along with donations from residents, funded this project.

Here’s a fun tree fact from the Environmental and Public Area’s Planning Committee:  Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

Cultus Lake Park Looks BEAUTIFUL!

The Cultus Lake Park community, along with the Environmental and Public Areas Planning Committee, has been busy! We’re talking super-duper, amazing things are happening busy. (Not sitting on the deck, watching the sun setting over Cultus Lake busy… although, that sounds pretty good!) This volunteer committee is led by Commissioner Darcy Bauer (Chair) and Commissioner Larry Payeur (Vice-Chair).

Visitors and residents may have noticed some great things happening around Cultus Lake Park. One of the incredible improvements has been the work towards the restoration of green space on Fir Lane. The Committee wanted to improve the look on Fir Lane and create a useable space for the people who live in the Park. In addition, this restoration of green space is a noise buffer. It gives the residents who live there a little bit of a buffer between their homes and the more public areas of the Park.

With this project, the residents wanted to create a small forest for walking and bird watching, a place for kids to play, and an area to explore nature. This effort is also intended to improve the health of the existing trees and shrubs.

The residents put in a huge amount of effort on this and it shows. They removed truckloads of dead branches, debris and some garbage. They took on the removal and cutting back of invasive plants like blackberries and ivy, and they planted 250 native trees and understory plants. They also spread yards and yards of bark mulch. To pull all of this together, they created pathways and connected all of the elements in the area. It’s pretty safe to say that it looks fantastic!

This type of beautification really does take a community. The workforce was made up of committee members and included Fir Lane residents and other Cultus Lake Park residents who were keen to improve the area. Cultus Lake Park staff provided tools, moved heavy pieces of wood and debris, and placed rock. The bark mulch was generously donated by Brian Dyck. Jeff Bahnman of Cultus Lake Golf Club donated his time and the equipment for building the path. A special thank you goes out to resident Ralph Caravetta for his daily work at Fir Lane and for his financial donation. Money was raised by residents to purchase additional trees beyond those that were paid for by Cultus Lake Park. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who made this project such a success!

In the true nature of the Cultus Lake Park community – the Committee and volunteers created a positive, family-friendly environment to get the work done. There was lots of work, laughter, food and beverages. It was a real group effort. The space is now being used daily by kids having fun and residents taking a moment out of their busy day to enjoy this peaceful spot. Residents have taken on the watering of the area to keep this great space healthy and green!

We are fortunate to live in a community that comes together so well to accomplish so much!

NEWS RELEASE – Cultus Lake Day Lineup

Cultus Lake, B.C. – The Cultus Lake Park Community Events and Engagement Committee has announced the lineup of activities for this year’s Cultus Lake Day on Saturday, June 22, 2019. And it is bigger and better than ever. It includes:

  • 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Pancake Breakfast by donation at Cultus Lake Fire Hall
  • 9:45 a.m. – Parade check in and line up at the Cultus Lake Park Business Plaza
  • 11 a.m.: Parade begins at the Plaza’s Lakeside Beach Club (goes down Sunnyside, to 1st Ave, to Main Beach, ends back at Plaza)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Children’s Fun Area at Main Beach
  • 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Farmers’ & Artisan Market at Main Beach
  • 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.: Food vendors at Main Beach
  • 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Beverage & Entertainment Garden at Main Beach (expanded this year with live music throughout the day and a DJ)
  • 12 p.m. (approx.): Parade judging for bikes & dogs at Children’s Fun Area
  • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Pony rides for $5 per ride (new this year)
  • 10 p.m.: Fireworks at Main Beach

Community Events and Engagement Committee Chair (also the Cultus Lake Park Board Chair), Joe Lamb said: “Cultus Lake Day is a big event for locals and visitors alike. Families come for the day to have a lot of fun, connect with others, and enjoy the beauty of Cultus Lake Park.” He added: “Along with annual favourites such as the Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Children’s Fun Area and the Farmers’ & Artisan Market, this year we have a bigger and better Beverage & Entertainment Garden with a DJ and live bands throughout the day. It is going to be a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy some great music.”

The Beverage & Entertainment Garden includes:

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: DJ Corey Pickering
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Jordan KO
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Kellen Saip
  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Ben Crosby
  • 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Tarl Feser
  • 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Naxx
  • 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Outlaws & Lace
  • 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Heatseeker

Said Chair Lamb: “This will be a great day with lots of live music and family fun. And, of course – the fireworks to wrap it up at 10 p.m. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there.”

The Fraser Valley Regional District is a proud supporter of Cultus Lake Day 2019. Envision Financial, a Division of First West Credit Union, is the Children’s Fun Area sponsor.

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Cultus Lake Day Parade

We’re getting excited about this year’s Cultus Lake Day! Circle June 22 on your calendar.

For those interested in being in the parade, we have lots of prizes this year. There are prizes for Best Lively Music, Most Colourful, Most Creative, Best Golf Cart, Best-Dressed Dog and Best Decorated Bike.

If you would like to be in the parade, the registration package is below.

Please fill out the registration form and the waiver and email them to parade@cultuslake.bc.ca or drop them off at the Park Office before June 21.

See you at Cultus Lake Day!

PARADE REGISTRATION FORM

PARADE WAIVER

Cultus Lake Park ROCKS Contest Rules

The Cultus Lake Park ROCKS contest runs Mondays to Thursdays from May 21, 2019 to August 29, 2019 – excluding holiday Mondays.

Each week, 10 green rocks will be hidden in Cultus Lake Park during weekdays and picked up on Friday mornings.

The green rocks have “www.cultuslake.bc.ca” on them. When a person finds one of these green rocks and hands it in to the Park Administration Office at 4169 Columbia Valley Highway, Cultus Lake, BC from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., they will win a small prize (beach ball, little bucket and tools for sand, backpack, etc.). To be entered into the grand prize draw for that month – the person must be 19 years or older.

Only one grand prize entry per family per week is permitted.

Cultus Lake Park is giving away one grand prize in each of the following months: May, June, July and August 2019. Prizes will be announced before making the draws.

In order to be entered into the May grand prize draw, eligible green rocks must be turned in to the Park Office by May 31. Green rocks turned in to the office after May 31 will be entered into the June draw.

In order to be entered into the June grand prize draw, eligible green rocks must be turned in to the Park Office by June 28. Green rocks turned in to the office after June 28 will be entered into the July draw.

In order to be entered into the July grand prize draw, eligible green rocks must be turned in to the Park Office by August 2. Green rocks turned in to the office after August 2 will be entered into the August draw.

In order to be entered into the August grand prize draw, eligible green rocks must be turned in to the Park Office by 4:30 p.m. on September 3. Rocks turned in after this date and time are no longer valid.

The grand prize draws are open to Canadian residents, 19 years of age or older.

By entering the grand prize draws, the winners are acknowledging that their name, as the winner, can be promoted on the Cultus Lake Park website and Facebook page.

Cultus Lake Park is not liable for lost or damaged items in the mail.

The Cultus Lake Park Board, staff members and their immediate families are not eligible to win the grand prizes.

Quebec residents are not eligible to enter the contest.

The contest is void, where prohibited.

*Contest parameters can be adjusted without notice.

Community Policing Now in Effect

Community Policing at Cultus Lake Park is a joint venture between the Cultus Lake Park Board, the City of Chilliwack and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

This was done to establish Community Policing at Cultus Lake Park over the busy summer months. This means that RCMP officers will be stationed at the Park from the May long weekend to the end of the September long weekend, providing law enforcement coverage during the Park’s busiest season. The officers will be deployed from the new Community Policing Office, located in the Visitor Services Centre at the Park – across the parking lot from the Cultus Lake Park Office. Community Policing is in addition to the current RCMP boat patrols.

In the off-season, normal RCMP coverage will continue. The Park will reimburse the City 100% of the costs for RCMP members to perform dedicated policing services during the summer months.

Said Cultus Lake Park Board Chair Joe Lamb: “This is an important initiative for Cultus Lake Park. The community told the Board that increased security was a priority and, as a result, the Board and staff undertook an in-depth review of how we could do better in this area and Community Policing was identified as the strongest solution – by far.”

The official opening of the Community Policing Office had brief speeches by Chair Lamb, City of Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove, and RCMP Superintendent Bryon Massie. Many members of the community attended the event.

After Chair Lamb, Mayor Popove, Superintendent Massie, and Cultus Lake Park Chief Administrative Officer Bonny Bryant did a ceremonial cutting of a ribbon to officially open the Community Policing Office, refreshments were served. Said Chair Lamb: “It is an exciting day for Cultus Lake Park, and it was great to see so many community members who came to the official launch of our Community Policing.” He added: “This is a positive change for our community and it has happened because the Cultus Lake Park Board and our leaseholders – residential and business – worked together to find an effective solution to a challenge. Community Policing is yet another success story of how this Board works with the people of Cultus Lake Park. It is an exciting new initiative and we are very proud of it.”

Please click here for more information on the Community Policing agreement between Cultus Lake Park, the City of Chilliwack and the RCMP. 

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