Jul 20, 2018

Community Park Master Plan

The 2017 Community Park Master Plan was completed by the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute at Vancouver Island University, by students and faculty at Vancouver Island University.

The public engagement process included conversations with local First Nations, three interactive community events, interviews with 17 identified park user groups, and two public opinion surveys targeted at residents and tourists. The consultation involved approximately 1,400 participants.

Five guiding principles for the Community Park Master Plan were developed from feedback generated through the public consultation process:

  • Celebrate the unique culture and heritage of the Parksville community
  • Create a more accessible park for everyone
  • Support sustainable infrastructure use and maintenance
  • Protect the natural environment and waterfront
  • Encourage fun and vibrant activities in the Community Park
These five principles guided the development of the short to long-term vision for the Community Park which was additionally informed by further public consultation, site assessment and planning analysis. The Community Park Master Plan’s 61recommendations are presented in the form of an action plan, which proposes a series of recommended actions organized by each guiding principle along with estimated cost and timeframe. These include recommendations on physical improvements to park infrastructure and facilities, programming, signage, maintenance, and transportation. The recommendations take into account the current constraints of staff and resources to ensure that all actions are feasible for the City to implement, while also bringing together the creativity an passion of all those who cherish and use the park for a variety of uses.

The 2017 Community Park Master Plan conforms to the 2013 Parksville Official Community Plan (OCP) and City of Parksville policies and bylaws. Although the Community Park Master Plan relates to the 2005 Parks and Open Space Master Plan, it is not in conformance as the plan will be reviewed in 2018.

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