Jun 12, 2024

Park Master Plans

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

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

Five guiding principles for the master plan were developed from feedback generated through public consultation:

  • 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 principles guided the development of the short to long-term vision for
the park which was further informed by public consultation, site assessment and planning analysis. The 61 recommendations were presented as an action plan, which proposed recommended actions organized by each guiding principle along with estimated cost and timeframe. These included recommendations on physical improvements to park infrastructure and facilities, programming, signage, maintenance, and transportation. The recommendations considered the current constraints of staff and resources to ensure actions are feasible to implement, while also bringing together the creativity and passion of all those who cherish and use the park.

The updated Community Park Master Plan conforms to the 2013 Parksville Official Community Plan and City policies and bylaws. In 2018, Council approved implementation of the Community Park Master Plan with revised priorities.

Community Park Master Plan and the implementation strategy is available here:

Parks, Trails and Open Spaces Master Plan
In 2018, the City began the process to update the Parks, Trails and Open Spaces Master Plan, an update to the 2005 Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan. The City had successfully worked with the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute and Vancouver Island University Master of Community Planning Program students on the Community Park Master Plan and the City again contracted them to complete the Parks, Trails and Open Spaces Master Plan.

Activities included a parks and trails inventory, policy analysis, extensive community engagement, mapping and research into best practices. The students conducted a variety of public consultation activities such as community events, open houses, individual and group interviews, comment boxes and an online survey as well as many meetings with staff all of which assisted the students to draft the new plan. The final public open house to receive comments on the draft master plan was held in April 2019 and the VIU and MABRRI consulting team presented the final plan in June 2019 for approval by Council.

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