Monthly Archives: August 2011

Friends of Uplands Park Steering Committee Meeting Agenda Topics – Sept 6, 2011

Friends of Uplands Park (FOUP) Steering Committee Meeting

Date: Sept 6, 2011
Time 7:30 – 9:00
Place: 1180 St. Louis Street  (Kathleen’s place)

Agenda topics:
– Public Meetings Sept 29 and February
– Fall Invasive Removal
– Park Signage Committee
– Funding applications and expenses
– Educational events
– Treasurer needed

If any of you have interest in any of those and would like to help organize these, please contact Margaret at 250-595-8084 or Kathleen at 250-598-7995

Uplands Park Panel Discussion with Oak Bay Parks – September 29, 2011

Friends Of Uplands Park Public Meeting Windsor Park:
Date: Thursday Sept. 29
Time: 7 to 9 pm

Theme: Uplands Park Panel Discussion with Oak Bay Parks Personnel
Speakers: Lorne Middleton, Manager Parks Services, and Carrina Maslovat, Manager of Invasives, will be discussing the management of the park, its history, current and future plans for Uplands. FOUP Steering Committee will be chairing and informing you of our plans with the Parks Department.

Topics will include trails, management of rare species, invasive removal, dogs and signage. If you have any concerns or ideas please come, listen and share!

Everyone welcome. FREE… tea and refreshments available. Donations welcome.

Sunday AM Bird Walks in Uplands Park (Last Sunday of Month)

Ralph Archibald led 2 wonderful bird walks on the last Sundays of May and June, 2011. Thanks Ralph! Summer there will be no bird walks, but they will resume in September…(Sept 25, 2011 at 7:30AM) and the last Sunday of each month thereafter. Birds will be migrating through at that time, so the birding should be good.

Oak Bay News Article published June 29, 2011 about Birding in Uplands Park with Ralph Archibald. See Look up, look way up @

Welcome to The Friends of Uplands Park

The idea of a Friends of Uplands Park was realized by a chance meeting between Margaret Lidkea and Kathleen Matthews, in Uplands Park, on November 8, 2009, during Oak Bay’s Annual Tree Appreciation Day event. The Friends of Uplands Park announced itself officially on April 25, 2010 by hosting a first ever Celebration of Uplands Park.  A Steering Committee was formed in January 2011 and the first order of business was to draft a Mission Statement and a Mandate. In collaboration with the Community Association of Oak Bay, the Friends of Uplands Park (FOUP) co-hosted the first ever Oak Bay Earth Day Celebration, on April 22, 2011.  As provided for in the Friends of Oak Bay’s Mandate and Mission Statement, the Friends have been busy organizing Broom Bashes and  have hosted two Community Talks, one in November 2010, featuring Dr. Brenda Beckwith, who spoke on the Garrry Oak Meadow Ecosystem,  and a second talk, in February 2011, featuring doctoral candidate, Darcy Matthews, who spoke on the First Nations Cairns in Uplands Park.  Steering Committee Members are also working with Oak Bay Parks to improve the signage, host a monthly Bird Walk on the 4th Sunday of every month, and, patrol for the invasive Burweed at Cattle Point.  New Members are welcome.