NEWS

Elvis Is Back in Cultus Lake Park

The Cultus Lake Park Community Events and Engagement Committee (CEEC) is thrilled to present Elvis Tribute Artist, Elvis Elite (Steve Elliott) for a FREE concert on Friday, August 9 at the Plaza, beginning at 7 p.m.

Elliott is a world-class Elvis tribute singer and entertainer. Born in Nanaimo, he started his career in 2004, after winning the Top Canadian Tribute Title at Penticton’s Annual Elvis Festival. He also won the Elvis Mania Festival in Cloverdale. Elliott has performed at the Vancouver PNE in 2007 and in 2010, he sang in front of 25,000 people at Empire Stadium for a BC Lions halftime show. This dynamic performer brings “young Elvis” to the stage (you will think that Elvis has been alive and well and living in the Fraser Valley all these years!). Watch for some classic Elvis moves such as hip swivels and the duck walk – seriously, it’s like young Elvis is right there on the stage!

Complete with his 1966 Pink Cadillac and multiple outfit changes, Elliott puts on a great show whenever he performs. Get ready to sing, dance and party like young Elvis at this year’s Party in the Plaza!

Lakeside Beach Club will have a grill outside for concertgoers. Grab something to eat, enjoy the summer weather, and rock along with the sounds of classic 50s and 60s Elvis.

This is another Cultus Lake Park Community Events and Engagement Committee event that you don’t want to miss!

For more on Steve Elliott, please visit his website at: http://elviseliterocks.wixsite.com/elviselite.

Cultus Lake Golf Club Offers Toptracer Range

This blog post was developed for a Cultus Lake Day sponsor and is part of their sponsorship package.

Located in Cultus Lake Park, Cultus Lake Golf Club is a beautiful place to play, whether you have time to play 9 or 18 holes, or just practice your game on the range. If you just want to unwind and enjoy a meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) and cocktails on the deck overlooking the course, be sure to visit Legends Bistro.

Improve your swing at Cultus Lake Golf Club and try something that no one else has to offer. Look and feel like a pro – even if you are just a beginner – with Toptracer Range technology at your fingertips. Cultus Lake Golf Club is the first facility offering this ultra-modern technology in the Lower Mainland, and third in the entire country. That’s all of Canada – and we’re a pretty big place!

Toptracer Range offers the latest in golf technology – that same technology that is utilized on the PGA tour during their live broadcasting. Toptracer uses cameras and monitors to track your shots, while offering fun, engaging games that are great for any skill level. The shot history data and specific club performance details will appeal to the experienced golfers, while the interactive games and competitions will be of interest to beginners – or anyone just looking for something new to do in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland.

Toptracer is changing the face of golf by making it exciting and fun for everyone, whether you’re a scratch golfer or a beginner.

Polish up those clubs and head on out to the course with friends and family. (Rentals are available.) Don’t forget to book your very own Toptracer Lounge Bay, where you can sit back and enjoy food and drinks in your own private, comfortable outdoor lounge while everyone in your group works on their game.

At Cultus Lake Golf Club, the staff are helpful and welcoming, there is plenty to do, and the food is great.

Get away from it all, in the middle of everything. It’s worth a visit!

Summer Farmers’ Market at the Plaza

Did you know that the Summer Farmers’ Market at Cultus Lake Park has a new location – the Community Barn in the Cultus Lake Park Plaza (next to Frosty’s)? This popular weekly event runs every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until August 31.

For Sunnyside Campground guests and visitors from Chilliwack, Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland, there is free parking available for two hours at the Plaza. Just put your licence plate number into a meter and you’re all set to check out the great vendors at the Summer Farmers’ Market and all that there is to choose from in the shops at the Cultus Lake Park Business Plaza.

Each week, the Summer Farmers’ Market brings some regular (and favourite) vendors, along with a few new ones to check out. There is live music – and some little children have gotten in on the fun – dancing their way into our hearts!

The Summer Farmers’ Market offers visitors a range of locally sourced items to choose from – including fresh produce, baked goods, craft beer, small batch whiskey and vodka, herbs, flowers, handmade soaps, essential oils, jewellery and more.

Come and see what’s there, get something delicious to eat, or find a gift for someone special (like yourself!). The new location gives you lots of space to park and wander around, checking out what the market has to offer each week.

Columbia Valley Road Paving

Below is information from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure regarding paving that they are doing on Columbia Valley Road.

Kerkhoff Construction will be paving on Columbia Valley Road from July 22 to July 31st (weather dependent). The paving will be on Columbia Valley Road from Lakeside Building (3175 Columbia Valley Road) to Park Drive on both southbound and northbound lanes.

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff plan on putting changeable message signs (CMS) out to inform the public of the dates and to expect delays.

This will be the message on the signs:

Paving July 22-31

5 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Expect Delays

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.

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 ROCKS June Draw

Congratulations to Barb Schmidt of Chilliwack! She is the winner of the Cultus Lake Park ROCKS June Grand Prize draw. Barb’s prize package included:

  • 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)
  • Two passes for Cultus Lake Adventure Park ($58 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 ($10 value)

Remember to visit Cultus Lake Park Mondays to Thursdays this summer and search for a green rock with “www.cultuslake.bc.ca” on it. When you find a rock, take it to the Park Office for a small child’s prize and to be entered into that month’s Grand Prize draw. If you find more than one rock, please leave the additional rocks for other people to find. (You can only have one entry per week into the Grand Prize draw – and by taking two or three rocks to the office, others don’t have the chance to join in the fun! )

Happy Rock Hunting!

Emergency Preparedness Meeting

OFFICE OF THE ELECTORAL AREA DIRECTOR

You’re invited to an Emergency Planning info session. Please come on out to find out what has been happening in Area H to help prepare, and hear some home tips too.

Area H Community Emergency Preparedness Meeting – Saturday, July 6th 12:30-2:00 – Columbia Valley Firehall – 1202 Kosikar Road, Columbia Valley

Taryn Dixon – FVRD Director Area H

  • Communications – when an emergency strikes, no news is often good news
  • How we can best assist our fire department
  • Being prepared provides peace of mind – grab and go kit

Reg Dyck – FVRD Emergency Manager

  • Home tips for being Firesmart
  • What happens around large scale emergencies – evacuation procedures
  • Being prepared doesn’t mean being paranoid – our foliage vs interior of BC
  • ESS / Brochures

Mike Soth – Columbia Valley FD Fire Chief:

  • Fire Dept. training and equipment update.
  • Further discussion around preparedness and protecting homes
  • Where public can find information regarding wildfires in the province and more specifically updates on any FVRD area fires/emergencies
  • Reporting fires and what to do when there are fires in the area
  • What to watch for in our neighborhoods and FSR areas
  • Q & A with our Fire Chief.

We hope to see you there.

Thanks everyone.

Taryn

Taryn Dixon
Director, FVRD Electoral Area H

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