A proposed playground in Castlegar could destroy camas, a local group says. Photo: Kootenay Native Plant Society

Petition asks City of Castlegar not to build playground in camas-sensitive area

The city plans to build the playground at Millennium Park

Castlegar resident Valerie Huff has started an online petition asking the city not to construct a playground in a camas-sensitive area at Millennium Park.

According to the Kootenay Native Plant Society, camas is a rare plant found in low-lying areas of southern British Columbia and has been a staple food for First Nations for millennia.

The petition said the proposed playground would “destroy countless numbers of camas” and the city should build the playground in a different location.

“I cannot begin to express my gratitude to the generations of Sinixt women and families who, through their diligent and careful cultivation of their staple root food, ensured there would be camas here for us to enjoy and learn from,” said Huff in the petition.

“We owe it to them and their future generations to keep the camas safe and to help the plants thrive.”

In a statement, the city said it can’t comment on the proposed playground until it has a better sense of what the project will look like in July.

The city established a conservation area for camas in the park in 2015. A year later, camas from the park’s volleyball courts were pulled and put in the conservation area.

More than 550 people have signed the petition so far.

READ MORE: Castlegar students plant camas bulbs in Millennium Park conservation area


@connortrembley
connor.trembley@castlegarnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

castlegar

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

From baseball stars to forest fires: Southeast Fire Centre water bomber has an interesting past

Tanker 489 is stationed in Castlegar this year, but in the 1960s it belonged to the L.A. Dodgers.

Police investigation occurring near Black Rooster Pub and Grill in Castlegar

Three police officers and three RCMP vehicles were at the scene on Thursday afternoon

RDCK to implement new emergency alert notification system

System also includes sends alerts for water advisories

Two search and rescue calls involving children end with happy outcomes

The incidents took place in Trail and Salmo area on July 5 and 6

Trail RCMP officer accused of criminal harassment, forcible entry

BCPS: The charges against Murchie date between 2017 and 2020

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

Pandemic total 3,028 cases, 51 people from outside Canada

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

B.C. appeals judge’s decision to leave three clubhouses in Hells Angels hands

The province has filed two notices of appeal related to the B.C. Supreme Court decision

Conservation officers relocate Spirit bear known to roam northwestern B.C.

Bear roamed valley north of Terrace for many years

B.C. premier applauds call to decriminalize drug possession

Police shouldn’t struggle with health issues, Horgan says

Most Read