Yes and it poses a serious threat to natural ecosystems and human health. The Giant Hogweed can reach an impressive height of 15 feet when flowering. The hollow stems are 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The large blossom consists of numerous white flowers clustered in an umbrella-shaped head that is more than 2 feet across. The sap found in the Giant Hogweed stem and stem hairs causes phytophotodermatitis, a serious skin inflammation activated by exposure to the sun. Symptoms typically consist of painful blisters that form within 48 hours of exposure, and pigmented scars that can last up to 6 years.
If you come in contact with this plant, you could experience severe burns to your skin.If you are exposed to Giant Hogweed:
To remove one of these plants from your own property:
If you see this plant in White Rock parks, road rights of ways, or private lands, Please contact the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department 604-541-2181 with the plant location information. For more information on and photos of Giant Hogweed, see the Kings County, Washington State website.
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Yes. Some of our City Parks are available for private functions. Contact Leisure services at 604-541-2161 for further information.
The Semiahmoo Bay beach in White Rock has been designated by the Province of B.C. as part of the Boundary Bay Wildlife Management Area, a critical, internationally significant habitat for year-round, migrating and wintering waterfowl populations, along with important fish and marine mammal habitat. Dogs are permitted on the beach with a leash of less than two metres.
Dogs are allowed on the White Rock Promenade between Oct. 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 as part of a pilot project called Dogs on the Promenade. The White Rock Promenade is located south of Marine Drive, north of the beach at the foot of Semiahmoo Bay. For more info, please visit Dogs in White Rock
Yes, dogs are allowed in some City Parks, but must be leashed at all times. Dog restricted areas are clearly marked. Please clean up after your pet.
Please view more about West Nile (PDF) for complete information on the West Nile Virus.
Please refer to White Rock Tree Management Bylaw Number 1831 (PDF) for more information. Permits can be obtained from the Development Services department at City Hall.
Residents are responsible for maintaining their own boulevards.
Topping of boulevard trees is not permitted. Prior to commencing any work on City of White Rock boulevards, please contact the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department 604-541-2181.
Currently, there are no Memorial Dedications available along the waterfront. Memorial dedications such as park benches, fountains and picnic tables are available at a variety of other White Rock Park locations. Please contact the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department 604-541-2181.
Our guide to White Rock's Parks and Trails provides a full description of the amenities featured in our city parks.
Pay parking is in effect throughout the City of White Rock. Please follow the posted parking regulations.
The City of White Rock Parks Department follows an Integrated Pest Management approach to turf management. Cosmetic use of pesticides is not allowed. Pesticides may be used on fine turf sports fields. Signage will be posted to inform residents prior to application.
The City of White Rock Parks Department promotes a variety of environmental initiatives including invasive species removal, urban forestry management, foreshore restoration, the use of native plants, reduction in pesticide use, water conservation and storm waste water management.
We also work with a variety of environmental groups to achieve our initiatives.