Buckley day-use area reopened to visitors

After closing down for over a week, Buckley Campground is back open for day-use visitors as of this afternoon.

The grounds, including the boat launch, were closed due to public complaints over day-use visitors acting inappropriately.

Sabrina Locicero, community engagement officer for BC Hydro, said the complaints included excessive consumption of alcohol and dangerous behaviours that put the safety of visitors in question.

After talking with the visitors who were the cause of the complaints, Locicero said there was no resolution and BC Hydro had to take action by closing the area.

Security was put on the site and according to Locicero the day-use area is now back open for             business.

“We had a meeting [Wednesday] and things have gone well so we are reopening as of Friday July 18” she said, adding that security will remain on site after the park opens today. “We're going to continue to have security on site to maintain the momentum.”

Locicero says the feedback she has received from overnight campers has been positive and helped with the decision to reopen.

“We had reports from those using the campground and they thanked us for making the public safety effort,” she said. “It is good news.”

The park remained open to overnight campers during the day-use closure.

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