Parks, Trails and Open Spaces

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The City started work on this project with Vancouver Island University, Master of Community Planning Program and Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) in early 2018. The VIU and MABRRI team was contracted by the City to undertake a consultation strategy and development of a comprehensive Parks, Trails and Open Spaces Master Plan – an update to the Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan (2005).

Plan activities included a parks and trails inventory, policy analysis, multi-stage community engagement process, input from stakeholders, and mapping and research into best practices. The project focussed on methodology, guiding principles, priority recommendations and the short to long-term concept visions for Parksville’s parks, trails and open spaces over the next twenty years. The consulting team held a variety of public engagement and consultation activities such as the parks on the street event, Foster Park spring mini event, user group interviews, individual park comment boxes, an online survey and a series of open houses which all helped to inform the plan.


The City started work on this project with Vancouver Island University, Master of Community Planning Program and Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) in early 2018. The VIU and MABRRI team was contracted by the City to undertake a consultation strategy and development of a comprehensive Parks, Trails and Open Spaces Master Plan – an update to the Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan (2005).

Plan activities included a parks and trails inventory, policy analysis, multi-stage community engagement process, input from stakeholders, and mapping and research into best practices. The project focussed on methodology, guiding principles, priority recommendations and the short to long-term concept visions for Parksville’s parks, trails and open spaces over the next twenty years. The consulting team held a variety of public engagement and consultation activities such as the parks on the street event, Foster Park spring mini event, user group interviews, individual park comment boxes, an online survey and a series of open houses which all helped to inform the plan.

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The City of Parksville makes it far too easy for developers to whack down entire forested areas and then replace it with resource-intensive houses packed tightly together. A better choice would be to enlarge the minimum size of building lots, and require that developers preserve sections of forest, as well as plant additional trees to replace some of those lost during the development process. It seems to be lost on the City that part of what attracts people to this region are the forested areas. It isn't just the beaches. Preserving and enhancing green spaces should be much more of a priority for the City than it currently is.

Mockaroo about 1 year ago

Hang on to our trees and forests. We need them to protect us from the effects of climate change. Cutting down whole sections of trees to make way for development is just too typical of many cities; I moved here to get away from too much development.

Eli-oop about 1 year ago