Lions Ventureland Playground
The playground and splash park are landmarks in the Parksville Community Park. This area is used by residents as well as tourists who visit our region each year. The playground is well-loved by many generations - parents who played in the park as children, now bring their children and their parents now bring their grandchildren. As well, hundreds of school age children visit with their classrooms each year.
The Parksville Lions Club involvement with the playground began in 1985 and since this time, many new features have been added such as the outdoor gym and splash park. The City is grateful for the Parksville Lions Club members who donate more than 2,000 volunteer hours each year to the playground.
Children love exploring the profusion of brightly coloured slides, swings and jungle gyms. The playground is regularly maintained and updated with new equipment and surfacing to meet accessibility standards appropriate for children with mobility challenges.
In 2021, the BC Tourism Dependent Communities Fund awarded the City $315,000 to facilitate rubber surfacing and the installation of the new Harbour Town playground piece in the Lions Ventureland Playground, work which was completed in January 2022. In addition to the provincial award, in July 2022 we received federal funding of $300,000 from Pacific Economic Development Canada to continue the rubber surfacing in the playground. The City’s contribution to this portion of the upgrades is $100,000 with work to be completed in October 2022.