Cecelia Ravine

Cecelia Ravine is four hectares in area consisting of three City parks - Cecelia Ravine Park, Viaduct Park, and Cecelia Cove Park.

 
The area is home to Cecelia Creek and a migratory bird habitat, as well as the City's award-winning Burnside Gorge Community Centre. Located between Burnside Road and the north side of the Selkirk Trestle, Cecelia Ravine is a gateway to the City of Victoria for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cecelia Ravine Park

Cecelia Ravine Park is the largest park in the Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood and is one of the largest natural areas in the City of Victoria park system, featuring a creek, woodland areas, open meadows, and steep sided ravines.

Cecelia Ravine Park currently includes a playground, bike skills park, basketball court, community garden, fitness equipment, parking, and numerous secondary trails and stairs. The Galloping Goose Regional Trail, operated by CRD Regional Parks, runs through this park.

Have Your Say!

In 2016, the City of Victoria purchased new properties to add an additional 0.22 hectares  (0.5 acres) of parkland to Cecelia Ravine Park, providing the opportunity to add new or improved amenities to this park.

This year, the City is completing an improvement plan, which will guide the construction of park improvements starting in 2018.

Help the City of Victoria plan for a new playground and other park amenities at Cecelia Ravine Park!  Your feedback will be used to inform an improvement plan, which will be shared with the community in the fall. The improvement plan will be used to guide the construction of park improvements starting in 2018, which will include updating the existing playground.

Join us at the open house, a pop-up engagement event or complete the survey online.

 Open House

  • Wednesday, August 2, 4 p.m.- 7 p.m., Cecelia Ravine Park by the playground on Cecelia Road)
  • Snacks will be available.

Pop Up Engagement Station

  • Selkirk Waterfront Pop Up (between Glo and the SMU Rowing Club)– Monday, August 14, 4 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
  • City staff will also be attending some drop in programs at the Burnside Gorge Community Centre between July 20 and August 20.

Survey

Please complete the survey here before August 20, 2017.

Email

Please send your ideas to engage@victoria.ca.  You can also call 250.361.0600 if you have any questions or ideas you'd like to share.

 

Interested in learning more about this improvement project?  Read on!

Engagement Timeline:

July 20- August 20:       Share your feedback on possible improvement options

Fall:                              Share your feedback on a draft improvement plan

Winter:                         City staff will take the improvement plan to Council for approval

2018:                            Park improvements begin

 

What’s informed the list of park improvement options?

Future decisions about Cecelia Ravine Park will be guided by the Cecelia Ravine Management Plan (2011), Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan (2017) and the Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Plan (to be adopted in 2017), along with new community feedback and staff recommendations. 

The guidance from these three plans includes direction for:

  • Cecelia Road playground improvement
  • multi-functional spaces- wide range of programs and uses
  • health and fitness cluster locations
  • improvements to amphitheater location, areas for gatherings and celebrations
  • improve signage
  • pathway improvements
  • more public and barrier-free features adjacent to community gardens
  • protect and enhance natural areas (remove invasive species, improve native habitats, continued restoration of creek and watershed)

 

What is the decision being made?  What input are we seeking now?
The City is now looking for feedback on park improvements to the new and existing land in Cecelia Ravine Park.

Based on the guidance from the Cecelia Ravine Management Plan, the Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan and the Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Plan, the City has created a list of park improvement options.

Highlights include:

  • a new, bigger better playground that appeals to a wider range of ages
  • A new community gathering space
  • A small parking lot off Cecelia Road to serve the expanded park area
  • Relocation of the existing fitness equipment station
  • A new perimeter fence to separate the park from the neighbouring backyards

Tell us what you think of these ideas. 

What is the level of public participation?
The City works within the International Association of Public Participation’s spectrum of public participation which identifies the level of community involvement in decision-making. This engagement process will aim to be at the “Involve” level.

Goal: To work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered.

 How will public input be used?
This feedback will help inform an improvement plan for the new and existing areas of Cecelia Ravine Park.  This project will also update the Cecelia Ravine Management Plan to include the new park parcels.

 Improvements to Cecelia Ravine Park will begin in 2018.

 

Cecelia Ravine Park Additional Details:

Recreation Amenities

Located next to the Burnside Gorge Community Centre at 3130 Napier Lane, the amenities enhance recreational opportunities for youth in Victoria.

Multi-Use Sports Court

The fenced, multi-use sports court includes a basketball hoop, hockey net, youth tennis lines and a figure eight for bike skills use.

Bike Skills Park

The first of its kind in Victoria, the bike skills park design is based on input from local youth and features a pump track (a continuous loop that can be ridden on a bike without pedaling), a small skills practice area, and three separate skill level trails with a variety of technical terrain. Bring your bike, safety equipment and helmet and try it out!

Community Garden

In the summer of 2012, a new 24-bed community garden was installed. The community garden is administered by the Burnside Gorge Community Association.

Management Plan

Based on valuable community input, the City of Victoria has developed a management plan to guide future improvements to Cecelia Ravine. The goal is to create a safe and enjoyable park that protects and enhances the creek and surrounding parklands. The plan was adopted by City Council in March 2011. A copy of the Cecelia Ravine Management Plan is available below.