Mark Bohlman, the Star Park manager, was on Victoria’s CFAX radio last week. The Star Park has become a favorite for locals and tourists, day-time or night-time. Mark gave an update on the “Vancouver Island Walk of the Planets”. The custom map below has interesting hot-links for each planet on the various walks.
Cattle Point DARK SKY Urban Star Park was created by Oak Bay Municipality to support the International Dark Sky Movement.
The Municipality is pleased to report a substantial reduction in light pollution as a result of an increased awareness of this issue by Municipal Employees, local citizens and businesses.
A classic implementation by a local business is at the Oak Bay Beach spa area where there was initially extremely bright lights purchased and installed as part of the rebuilding. These have been reduced to a bare minimum using the bright lights only in emergencies. The result is that occupants of the various pools can now enjoy the night skies and see the stars, constellations and planets.
Residents will also notice the Municipal street lamps are now carefully configured to throw minimal light up into the night sky.