RDN Parks & Trails Strategy

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WHAT IS THE PARKS & TRAILS STRATEGY?

The Parks & Trails Strategy will guide the development and management of RDN’s regional and community parks and trails for the next 10 years. The Strategy will outline what we have, what we want, and how to make it happen.

The Strategy will:

  • Confirm the vision for the Regional District’s Parks & Trails
  • Identify priorities for land acquisition
  • Identify priorities for park and trail improvements
  • Help build a cohesive and equitable parks and trails system across the region while recognizing the different needs of individual communities
  • Clarify the core park services of the Regional District’s Recreation and Parks Department
  • Ensure sustainability of the parks and trails staffing, resources, and operations

The Plan will build on the successes of the Regional Parks and Trails Master Plan (2005-2015) and the Community Parks and Trails Strategy (2014).

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.

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.


WANT TO LEARN MORE OR SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

  • Please register (tab on the top right corner of this page) to receive notification of news and updates.
  • Visit the background documents tab in the right hand column of this page for project history and technical information.
  • Check out the FAQs to learn more about the project. We will update them along the way.
  • Thanks for telling us what you think in Survey #1 (view survey summary in the background documents in the sidebar). Another survey will be held in the spring of 2020.
  • See the What's New tab to find out details of where the project is currently at.
  • Do you have a question? Post it below on our Q&A tab and we will answer for all to see. A great way for all to learn.
  • Want to contact us directly? Contact the project team at recparks@rdn.bc.ca.

WHAT IS THE PARKS & TRAILS STRATEGY?

The Parks & Trails Strategy will guide the development and management of RDN’s regional and community parks and trails for the next 10 years. The Strategy will outline what we have, what we want, and how to make it happen.

The Strategy will:

  • Confirm the vision for the Regional District’s Parks & Trails
  • Identify priorities for land acquisition
  • Identify priorities for park and trail improvements
  • Help build a cohesive and equitable parks and trails system across the region while recognizing the different needs of individual communities
  • Clarify the core park services of the Regional District’s Recreation and Parks Department
  • Ensure sustainability of the parks and trails staffing, resources, and operations

The Plan will build on the successes of the Regional Parks and Trails Master Plan (2005-2015) and the Community Parks and Trails Strategy (2014).

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.

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.


WANT TO LEARN MORE OR SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

  • Please register (tab on the top right corner of this page) to receive notification of news and updates.
  • Visit the background documents tab in the right hand column of this page for project history and technical information.
  • Check out the FAQs to learn more about the project. We will update them along the way.
  • Thanks for telling us what you think in Survey #1 (view survey summary in the background documents in the sidebar). Another survey will be held in the spring of 2020.
  • See the What's New tab to find out details of where the project is currently at.
  • Do you have a question? Post it below on our Q&A tab and we will answer for all to see. A great way for all to learn.
  • Want to contact us directly? Contact the project team at recparks@rdn.bc.ca.

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    I am very keen on the development of an RDN park at the section of Nanaimo River between the natural gas pipeline crossing and the B.C. Hydro easement, known locally as The Boar's Hole, including the popular swimming area, fisherman's trails, and Sunny Side and Dark Side climbing/hiking areas. We have already contacted one of the land owners, who is willing to entertain selling a portion of the land as a park. Is there anything further we can do to contribute prior to the public review of the Draft Strategy this Spring?

    kkrauza Asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for submitting your suggestion for parkland acquisition. Your comment will be incorporated into the public feedback summary and taken into consideration in the development of the Parks and Trails Strategy. We look forward to your feedback on the draft Parks and Trails Strategy when it is presented to the public this spring.

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    As we have a great volunteer trail system on Gabriola I would prefer our trail system stay as is and not be operated or maintained by Nanaimo Regional District union staff! If the district would contribute financialy for the volunteers supplies I would certainly be in favour..

    Pat. Asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for comment. We appreciate all the hard work of volunteers and are always looking for ways to support them. Making the most of limited resources is also a high priority. Your comment will be considered as we gather community feedback this fall.