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President Steenkamp on free garden admissions
President Steenkamp appeared on CBC and all local media about his recent announcement the Hatley Park Gardens at Royal Roads University would be permanently open to the public, free of charge.
Here is an excerpt from an interview with the Times Colonist’s Jack Knox, who toured the gardens with Steenkamp:
Royal Roads University just eliminated the admission fee to its heritage gardens, permanently.
That’s good news for those who love to marvel at the Tasmanian fern or who go gaga over the Italian garden’s loggia and twisted wisteria.
It’s even better news for those who felt the university built a moat around the ivory tower when it began charging for admission in 2006 — not great for an institution that already featured a castle surrounded by a stone wall.
‘The idea that we were charging people didn’t sit right with me,’ Royals Roads’ new president, Philip Steenkamp, said Monday. It runs counter to his idea of inviting the community into Royal Roads and extending the university into the community.