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Cultus Lake Park Bylaw Fines Increased

Cultus Lake, B.C. – The Cultus Lake Park Act was amended by the Provincial Government of British Columbia in the spring of 2019. One of the many changes approved by the Province is an increase in fines for bylaw infractions. The amount has increased to a maximum of up to $2,000, from the previous $50 – which had been in place since the 1930s.

Cultus Lake Park staff reviewed the bylaw fines in other municipalities to ensure that the Park’s fines would be comparable. Staff then submitted the recommendations to the Board, which reviewed the changes and voted to increase the fines, which are now in full effect. The revised bylaws can be found at https://www.cultuslake.bc.ca/bylaws/. The Board encourages everyone who lives, works and visits Cultus Lake Park to take the time to review the bylaws and ensure that they adhere to them while in the Park.

The Cultus Lake Park bylaw compliance and enforcement officers and staff are committed to helping to educate the community on the bylaws. They understand that some people may not realize that they are breaking a bylaw. A bylaw compliance and enforcement officer’s first response, where possible, is to inform the person of the infraction so that they can immediately make adjustments to comply with the bylaw.

Said Joe Lamb, Cultus Lake Park Board Chair: “We want our community and visitors to the Park to be safe. Bylaws help to do that.” He added: “The bylaw compliance and enforcement officers don’t want to give out tickets that result in fines. No one – including the Board and staff – wants this. The increased fines are in place as a deterrent to bad behaviour – behaviour that could put the safety or security of people or property at risk.”

For those who feel that they have received a fine that is unwarranted and want to dispute the ticket, information can be found here: http://fvbylaw.ca/.

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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.

Movie Nights

The Cultus Lake Park Community Events and Engagement Committee is pleased to announce this year’s Movie Nights.

  • July 5 – Dumbo
  • July 19 – Captain Marvel
  • August 2 – Incredibles 2
  • August 23 – Avengers Endgame

Showtimes are at sunset.

Join the community for family fun under the stars. (The giant movie screen is behind the playground.)

Buoy Inspection

Cultus Lake Park staff will be inspecting all buoys in the Cultus Lake Park foreshore for conformity starting on July 2, 2019. For more information, please click here.

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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Area H OCP Amendment

The Fraser Valley Regional District is inviting you to an Open House to learn more and share your thoughts on the Official Community Plan.

The Open House is on June 8 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Columbia Valley Community Centre at 1202 Kosikar Road.

Click for more details on the Open House.

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