Aug 26, 2016

City Parks

The City of Parksville takes great pride in offering a variety of parks and facilities for the enjoyment of all residents and visitors. We strive to make sure our parks are welcoming public spaces which encourage activities and community events.

The City parks department maintains three major parks for the publicís enjoyment - the Community Park, Springwood Park, and Top Bridge Park, as well as 28 smaller neighbourhood parks. Our parks are an important element in the quality of life of Parksville, providing green spaces, playgrounds, outdoor recreation facilities, natural spaces and trees.

COMMUNITY PARK
Established in 1963, the waterfront Community Park is the jewel of Parksville. The park land is steeped in history; Parksville's namesake, Nelson Parks, had a small shack near the land that currently makes up the Community Park. It is said that at a social event in his home, he remarked that it looked as though everyone around was present, so the settlement should be called "Parksville".

To this day, the 39 acre Community Park lives up to its name and remains a gathering place and site for events and festivals. There is plenty of space on the beach for everyone and the park offers recreational facilities to satisfy the whole family.

Waterfront Walkway
In 2010, the City completed a waterfront walkway from the Community Park to the foot of McMillan Street. The project was made possible by additional funding from the Province of British Columbia and a contribution from the Beach Club Resort.

The boardwalk, as it is known, is ideal for convenient access to the vast sandy beaches of Parksville Bay or for a beautiful sunset stroll on a summer evening. The boardwalk, which is 445 meters in length and 4.5 meters wide, accommodates pedestrians as well as wheelchairs and strollers. The multitude of dog-walkers, joggers, families, cyclists, skateboarders and people on rollerblades using the path each day illustrates the fact that the Community Park is truly a community meeting place for residents and visitors of all ages.

Washroom Facilities
There are two water fountains located in this area: one is the "lion's head" directly in front of the water park and the other is located on the side of the washroom building. The building is equipped with male, female and accessible washrooms maintained by City staff. Additional male and female washrooms are located near the ball diamonds. The City maintains an outdoor shower for washing located on the waterfront side of the washroom building; the shower is only in use for the summer months.

Horseshoe Pits
If you're looking to play an old-fashioned game of horseshoes, this is the spot! The City maintains eight horseshoe pits located near the picnic shelter in the Community Park. Users must supply their own horseshoes.

Kite Field
The kite field is a large green space located near the beach in the Community Park. When the field isn't busy with major events such as Kitefest, the Van Island Shriners Show & Shine car show, Kidfest or Parksville's famous Canada Day celebrations, you'll find people flying kites, playing Frisbee or soccer, or simply sunbathing on the grass. To book the kite field for an event, download an application form here or contact the operations department at 250 248-5412.

Lacrosse Box
An outdoor lacrosse box is located near the Community Park entrance. This facility is perfect for games of lacrosse or street hockey. To book the lacrosse box for a game or event, contact the Regional District of Nanaimo Recreation office at 250 248-3252.

Lion's Venture Land Playground and Waterpark
The Lion's Venture Land Playground and Waterpark is definitely a landmark in Parksville's Community Park. The Lions Club took over administration of the playground in 1985, adding the spray park in 1992. Children will love exploring the profusion of brightly coloured slides, swings and jungle gyms. The waterpark is complete with water cannons and a small waterslide! Parents can keep an eye on the kids from nearby picnic tables and benches or just spread a blanket on the lush grass for a family picnic.

Picnic Shelter and Gazebo
There are two separate rentable facilities in the Community Park which are available for events ranging from fundraisers to family barbecues to weddings.

  • The picnic shelter located near the sports field was rebuilt in 2011. The shelter is used for a wide variety of purposes, including such as clubs, children's play groups, family reunions and live musical events.
  • The waterfront gazebo provides a spectacular view of Parksville Bay and is a beautiful spot for weddings. The gazebo is also a lovely place to just sit and take in the view; you can see couples and families stroll along the boardwalk or watch beach volleyball players dive in the sand.
To book either of these facilities for an event, download an application form here or contact the operations department at 250 248-5412.

Skateboard Park
Parksville's only skateboard park is located at the Community Park beside the volleyball courts. There are half pipes, boxes, rails and ramps for all skill levels and it's not unusual to see experienced skateboarders patiently co-existing with young children on bicycles. The park is used primarily for skateboarding and BMX biking. The use of helmets is recommended at all times for all users. Additional regulations are posted on-site at the skateboard park and all users are asked to follow "skate park etiquette".

Sports Field and Ball Diamonds
There are two baseball diamonds on the sports field. The sports field is used for many different activities. Unorganized or "pick up" games do not require field bookings. To book the sports fields or ball diamonds for organized leagues, camps or events, contact the RDN at 250 248-3252 or www.rdn.bc.ca . Additional sports fields and baseball diamonds located at Springwood Park.

Tennis
Two tennis courts are located in the centre of the Community Park and have also been parked for pickleball. Additional tennis courts are located at Springwood Park.

To ensure that the tennis courts are enjoyed by everyone, your compliance with the following tennis court etiquette is appreciated:
  • When people are waiting to play, court time is limited to one set, or a maximum of 60 minutes.
  • Activities other than tennis or pickleball are not permitted on courts (such as hockey, skateboarding).
Volleyball
The Community Park boasts several large sand beach volleyball courts. During the summer, courts are home to some of the largest youth and adult volleyball leagues, camps and tournaments in BC. The courts are also available for casual public use, although users must supply their own equipment, including nets. To book the courts for a league, camp or tournament, contact the operations department at 250 248-5412.


SPRINGWOOD PARK

Springwood Park is Parksville's primary sports field complex. The 8.57 ha (21 acres) park is located adjacent to Springwood Elementary School. In addition to the park facilities there is a small children's playground and an outdoor basketball court located at the school.
Concession and Washroom Facilities
A concession facility is located near the baseball diamonds. The concession is not staffed or maintained by City employees. The building is equipped with male, female and accessible washrooms which are maintained by City staff.

Our staff strives to provide a safe and clean environment for all park users. Unfortunately, public facilities may not be left in a condition that is not acceptable for the next user.

Springwood Park - baseball

Sports Field and Ball Diamonds
There are four baseball diamonds on the sports field and two additional diamonds on either side of the tennis courts at Springwood Park. The sports field is used for soccer, field hockey, field lacrosse, football and other activities. Unorganized or "pick up" games do not require field bookings. To book the sports fields or ball diamonds for organized leagues, camps or events contact the RDN at 250 248-3252 or www.rdn.bc.ca . Additional sports fields and baseball diamonds are located in the Community Park.

Tennis
There are six tennis courts located at Springwood Park. Courts may be reserved for the Arrowsmith Tennis Club at varying times depending on the season, but are otherwise available for public use. Additional tennis courts are located in the Community Park.

To ensure that the tennis courts are enjoyed by everyone, your compliance with the following tennis court etiquette is appreciated:
  • When people are waiting to play, court time is limited to one set, or a maximum of 60 minutes.
  • Activities other than tennis or pickleball are not permitted on courts (such as hockey, skateboarding).
Trails
Springwood Park is the site of a perimeter trail system connecting to the 13.5 ha (32 acre) Ermineskin Park trail system and the Maple Glen linear park trail.


TOP BRIDGE PARK

Top Bridge Park is a favourite local swimming hole where residents and visitors can spend a sunny afternoon cooling off in the waters of the Englishman River. There is a walking trail about 5 kilometres long and a pedestrian only suspension bridge spanning the river linking the walking trail with the RDN trail system on the other side of the river. Those in search of a bit more "extreme" recreation will also find a specialized trail system exclusively for mountain biking located at Top Bridge Park.

One of Top Bridge's best kept secrets is the petroglyphs, which can be spied by observant visitors to the park. According to a local historian, three separate and distinct First Nation carvings, discovered by a local fisherman in 1940, can be found on the rocks near the river.

Please note, Top Bridge Park is a natural park; no plumbed washroom facilities, change rooms, concessions or other amenities are available.
top bridge park - englishman river falls



FOSTER PARK
Foster Park is an example of one of Parksville's neighbourhood parks. Neighbourhood parks are interspersed throughout the City and are equipped with varying facilities. Foster Park is 2.72 ha of park land tucked away just off Pym Street. There is a large gazebo that can be rented for special events, picnic tables and benches, and a small playground. Foster Park is the perfect spot for a quiet family afternoon or a child's outdoor birthday party.

Gazebo
The Foster Park gazebo is partially enclosed, with seating all the way around the inner perimeter of the shelter. The gazebo can be rented for special events like birthday parties. To book this facility for an event, download an application form here or contact the operations department at 250 248-5412.

Playground
A small playground is located at Foster Park with swings and slides. This play area is not as widely used as the large Lion's Venture Land in the Community Park and is perfect for a quieter family afternoon.

Trails
While part of Foster Park is open green space dotted with picnic tables, there is also a natural treed trail system on part of the parkland. Trails are unpaved but quite level and easily accessible.

Foster Park

Washroom Facilities
Foster Park is equipped with male, female and accessible washrooms maintained by City staff. There is also a water fountain located on the side of the building for public use.

The History of Foster Park
The Friends of Foster Park produced The History of Foster Park, available as a PDF in two parts to view here.
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