What is the Regional District of Nanaimo? Is my community part of it?
The Regional District of Nanaimo provides regional governance and services throughout Vancouver Island’s central east coast. It includes the municipalities of Nanaimo, Lantzville, Parksville, and Qualicum Beach, as well as seven unincorporated Electoral Areas. You can check your property address to find out if it is located within an RDN electoral area or municipality with the Regional District’s Where Do I Live in the RDN?
What are Regional Parks and Trails?
Regional parks and trails serve residents across the region and are often substantial in size and may have important natural areas. They are funded by taxes from by Regional District residents. Examples of regional parks include Benson Creek Falls Regional Park and Englishman River Regional Park.
There is also an Interactive Regional Parks and Trails Guide
What are Community Parks and Trails?
Community parks and trails are intended to serve
the needs of the residents of each electoral area. These parks tend to be
smaller properties and can function as playgrounds, outdoor sports facilities, conservation areas, neighbourhood green spaces,
and connecting trails. They are acquired during the development of subdivisions
or neighbourhoods, by property purchase, or in some cases, the RDN manages crown
or private land as community park or trail. Community Parks are funded by each
respective electoral area.
Are Regional and Community Parks different from municipal and provincial parks?
Yes. Regional and Community Parks are different
from municipal and provincial parks, though it can be hard to tell them apart
just by looking at them. Regional and Community Parks are owned and operated by the
Regional District while municipal parks are owned and run by municipalities and
provincial parks are owned and run by BC Parks.
How can I participate?
Your input is essential! We need your help to create a strategy that reflects the community’s needs and aspirations for parks, trails, and outdoor recreation. There are a variety of ways to participate online and in-person. Please register here to receive notices of upcoming events and opportunities.
For those who are registered on the Get Involved page will be entered to win four prizes of $50 to complete the survey.
Public Engagement Round 1
WHEN: Fall 2019
WHY: We want to know more about the existing parks and trails system and hear your vision for the future.
Public Engagement Round 2
WHEN: Spring 2020
WHAT: We will present “what we heard” and will ask for your feedback on draft actions and priorities.
How will my feedback be used?
Public and stakeholder feedback will be used to
understand what people think of existing parks and trails and inform the
drafting of a well-supported vision for the future. Feedback from the public
and stakeholders will help prioritize the recommendations for the development
and management of the regional district’s parks and trails system.
When will the community see the strategy?
The Draft Parks and Trails Strategy will be available
in Spring 2020, and the final strategy will be presented
to the Regional Board in later summer or early fall 2020.