Whitehead Park 2019

Prospect Lake, Jan 2nd.














Photo taken from the public wharf: the beaver has not gone away for the holidays.



Jan 5th: Water levels are high after our winter rains.

From the Tod Creek Bridge on Goward Road, you can see the water gauge level, reads at 4 cm less than 1 meter = 96 cm.         To compare how high it is from last year’s reading, see the photo from Sept 2018 —>


First reading, Sept 24/ 2018: 12 cm.   For ongoing water level photos and stats, go to our Hydrology Page.


January 7th

After looking in at a meeting at Pat’s regarding the algae bloom on the lake, I got to the park where I met Audrey. We got to work where we left off. I moved some of the Carex that is growing over the path and cleaned a bit of detritus from the little creek. Made a mucky mess which I hope will get washed by rain. Then I repaired some of the damage to the trail with several wheelbarrow loads of chips. In the meantime, Audrey, after the obligatory pulling of some blackberries among the roses, started tidying up the huge branches that came off our big wildlife tree in the recent wind storm. She managed to place them to form an edging to the path near where they fell. 2 people for 1 ½ hours.

Whitehead Park, east.

Standing on Goward Road, with the bridge to your back, this is the east side of Whitehead Park. Note the water coming up to the woodland trail, it’s usually to the right of the Alder trees.


Standing on Whitehead Park east, trail entrance.



Walking along the trail a bit further.



On the same trail, just across the small creek bed that Saanich put in, you come to the outdoor school room on the right.


January 14th

A cold and sunny day. Ducks on the creek, a covey of quail in the undergrowth and plenty of bird song. On a day like this everything seems possible. Audrey and Mary worked near the south east boundary. Audrey was pulling blackberries and freeing up shrubs and small trees that were being pulled down by last year’s decaying top growth. Mary weeded and dumped chips on the path that was disappearing under green growth. All very satisfying as we get ready for spring. 2 people for 1 ½ hours.

Whitehead Park, west side.

Standing in the parking lot on Goward Road.


January 21st

Audrey and Mary had a good look at the west side now that the water has gone down a bit. One section of cardboard had been floated from its position and placed neatly on top of the adjacent area its topping of mulch still intact. Lots of beaver activity. They then carried on with their projects from last week, Mary weeding and putting chips on the path and Audrey untangling and weeding the hardhack. 2 people for 1 ½ hours.

January 28th

Mary continued work on the trail weeding and adding chips. The ground is soft so pulling the buttercups is not difficult and very satisfying. A covey of quail kept her company. 1 person 1 ½ hours.

February 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 

Very cold.

No work done.

Some days the park was covered by snow.

Photo to the right: Feb 26th



March 4th

Still too much snow to go to the park. Jill T. delivered our wonderful tool order to our house. The wheelbarrow is very exciting to contemplate, but work will have to wait.

March 11th

Hoping to do some work, Audrey and Mary went to the park. There is still too much frozen snow to be able to dig or mulch. However, we had a thorough look around noticing what has done well (carex transplants) and what has changed (branches down), pruned a few broken bits, propped up other bits and picked up garbage. We were happy to see the bones of the park since the snow flattened much of the vegetation allowing a clear view. The beaver have been very busy. Audrey took pictures. 2 people 1 hour.


More beaver damage.




March 23rd









WHP-east side, the Skunk cabbage are spreading. Today,  there are 7 apparent sprouts coming up, growing from a short thick underground root-stem (rhizome). The bright yellow flowerhead reaches from 30 to 50 cm (12-20”) high; the flowers are jammed cheek to jowl along the central stalk called a spadix;  and each flower is scarcely half a centimetre wide. British Columbia First Nations used the leaves to wrap food, much in the way we use wax paper today.

Info from: https://curious.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/skunk-cabbage-a-british-columbia-plant-reaches-across-the-pacific/




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