District 69 (Oceanside) Recreation Services Master Plan

The RDN Recreation and Parks department has completed the final phase of developing a Recreation Services Master Plan for District 69 (Oceanside). It was approved by the RDN Board in May 2018, as a guiding document.

To learn more about the project visit background documents.

Through July and September 2018 the District 69 Recreation Commission and RDN Board began the first review and made the following recommendations and motions to prioritize potential capital infrastructure projects which listed below in How We Got Here.

The next steps will include continued review and consideration and planning of projects within the approved plan. Be sure to register, at the top left of the page if you haven't yet, and we will provide email updates as the project progresses.

The RDN Recreation and Parks department has completed the final phase of developing a Recreation Services Master Plan for District 69 (Oceanside). It was approved by the RDN Board in May 2018, as a guiding document.

To learn more about the project visit background documents.

Through July and September 2018 the District 69 Recreation Commission and RDN Board began the first review and made the following recommendations and motions to prioritize potential capital infrastructure projects which listed below in How We Got Here.

The next steps will include continued review and consideration and planning of projects within the approved plan. Be sure to register, at the top left of the page if you haven't yet, and we will provide email updates as the project progresses.

Do you have a question for the RDN in regard to this project.  If so, please ask us here.

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  • I would like to have tennis courts and pickle ball courts in Nanoose Bay.I wonder why there are no plans for these ,as the population is large enough here and there is a need .It should not be necessary to drive the 40_60 minute round trip to Nanaimo or Parksville to play .Please include these courts in the Master Plan.

    Robina asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your input. I think you will find the answer to your question on why there is no specific plan for, or mention of pickleball courts in EA 'E' in a number of the questions and answers below. I also think that you will find interesting some of the other questions, comments and answers about sport courts and their location around the Oceanside area.

    I will be sure to include your comments regarding the distance travelled and desire for picklball ball courts for Nanoose Bay (EA 'E') with the feedback section of this forum. 

  • For Area H to have four tennis courts and 2/3’s the population of Area E, it might not have seemed unusual for Area E to have six tennis courts. What is truly sad is that Area E does not have even one public tennis court. Having moved to Nanoose some 23 years ago and gotten “used” to travelling to play tennis has de-sensitized me to the glaring void that exists within my community. By accepting the status quo, I have done a disservice to those that do not have the transportation options to seek the resources that are not being provided locally (children & youth). How will the RDN Recreation Services Master Plan provide for the construction of public tennis (and pickleball) courts in Area E? Until these resources come to the community, perhaps RDN could create a Recreation Tax Credit to mitigate the costs of having the community go to the resources.

    gkaita asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for you input and question. The development and use of the tennis courts in EA 'H' is  very similar to the way the tennis courts were developed and used both in EA 'E' (Schooner Cove) and EA 'B' (Gabriola). In EA 'H' the RDN does not own or book the courts being used which are located on private land that has been very accessible to the public. This will change a bit in the future as a small sport court in Dunsmuir Community Park (RDN owned and managed) is being developed.

    The tennis courts at Huxley Park on Gabriola Island were also developed on private property and not managed by the RDN. Within the last few years this property, and the amenities such as the tennis courts were donated to the RDN and have become a community park.

    It is anticipated that the final master plan that will be presented to the RDN for approval will include a strategy for the development of amenities such as sport courts around the electoral  areas. The final decision on where amenities such as sport courts will be or should be located within electoral areas rests with the RDN Board.

  • Nanoose Bay has an enthusiastic outdoor Pickleball and Tennis playing population who at present have to travel quite a distance to play. As peninsular tax players will we be getting some local courts soon to allow for play closer to home, we hope so, we have the space! It could encourage car pooling too, always a good thing! Please put this into THE PLAN

    Vicki Voros asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question. The final decision on where amenities such as sport courts will be or should be located within electoral areas rests with the RDN Board. An updated master plan will be presented to them in the spring of 2018. Around the same time the plan will be available to the public for comments.    

  • The RDN must take into consideration the direct correlation of active seniors and others between sports and and their health. With the continued growth of the population and specifically the aging population in Nanoose Bay the cost of a sport facility such as tennis/ pickle courts is minimal compared to health and care facilities. I hope the board is aware of the tremendous benefits to our continued social and mental health of us all when considering the future plans of this community.

    johannes mulder asked almost 2 years ago

    Thanks you for your comments. I will be sure to add them to the feedback section of this forum. I would encourage you to check back to this project website periodically and through the spring for updates on the project.

  • I am totally in favour of establishing tennis and pickle ball courts in Nanoose Bay. I would be an active participant in playing and organizing events for maximum participation on any future facility in Nanoose. I am currently an active tennis player in the Arrowsmith Tennis Club and also play tennis daily at facilities in the US for tennis and pickle ball while on vacation and would like to see maximum participation for all at all ages so these sports continue to grow in our area. David Fraser a Nanoose Bay Resident

    David Fraser asked almost 2 years ago

    Hello and thank you for your comments on tennis and pickleball courts in Nanoose Bay. I will ensure they are included in the review of the feedback section of the master plan here at this site.



  • I have reviewed the Master Plan and attended the open houses concerning this plan here in Nanoose. My interest is in getting a set of tennis courts built here in Nanoose. I would like to know why electoral area E with a population of more than 7,000 residents does not have a single public tennis court? On a proportional basis of the areas population there should be 6 courts here in Nanoose. As one of the fastest growing areas of the RDN the Master Plan should address this shortfall as well as future demand. Racket sports are one of the fastest growing activities in Canada and it is simply not good enough to say courts are available elsewhere in either Parksville or Nanaimo as those courts are a 40 to 60 minute round trip by automobile. Having Nanoose citizens commute to either Parksville or Nanaimo participate is neither good for the environment nor affordable for many residents here. Courts are not specialized facilities like a pool and should be distributed across District 69! The Master Plan is sorely lacking in detail and must be amended as it is to specifically address the lack of court facilities here in Nanoose.

    Ken asked almost 2 years ago

    Thanks for your input.  I hope the answer provided to another recent question and found below related to tennis and pickleball courts in Nanoose will answer yours as well.

  • Why is there no plan for tennis pickle ball courts in Nanoose Bay? We have been overlooked by the RDN. Yes I agree in section two of the master plan, there are so many benefits to recreation. Please give us some.

    Deb Collingwood asked almost 2 years ago

    The request for tennis and pickleball courts in Nanoose is relatively new to the department. While the residents of the area may have known for sometime it has become more prevalent since the courts at Schooner Cove are no longer available.

    The participation and popularity in pickleball has been noted and will be considered in more detail within the final recreation master plan. This will include not only number of courts but also locations within District 69.  

  • How are recreational assets funded? Does each Area look after their respective capital requirements or is there a general capital fund that is contributed to by all areas in the district, from which funds are drawn to finance the construction of assets in a particular Area? Didn't know if this question went through or not, plse ignore if it has

    gkaita asked almost 2 years ago

    This answer is specific to the recreation assets in District 69 of the RDN.

    The RDN owns, operates and manages the Ravensong Aquatic Centre, Oceanside Place and the District 69 Arena (which is sub leased to the Parksville Curling Club).  Capital and operational costs for Oceanside Place are funded collectively by the City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach and Electoral Area E, F, G and H.  The Aquatic Centre has the same participants with the exception of Electoral Area E (Nanoose Bay).  At present capital infrastructure costs for sports fields are funded independently and operational costs of primary sports fields are shared by all participants based on usage.


  • For Ravenson Pool, will there be ample area for the public to view swim meets etc?

    Chuck Benson asked almost 2 years ago

    Display Panels 10 -13 found under background information provide two concept designs that may help show the possible changes to deck space. Option #1 would not provide any increase in deck space, Option #2  would and Option #3, while no concept design is provided, is for a new aquatic facility which would take into consideration additional deck space. 

    Thank you for your question.

  • An Indoor turf field and walking track would provide safe and year round fitness opportunities for all ages.

    Melanie asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment regarding an indoor turf field. If you have any others regarding the draft master plan please feel free to provide more feedback by using the online feedback form.

  • Hi, I am a "younger senior" and use the Ravensong Pool & board walk regularly. Have you considered adding additional pool space? Babies have to use the main pool in order to do their classes whilst we are still exercising and this must be disconcerting for all. Also, have you ever considered an indoor walking track somewhere in Oceanside as the Parksville boardwalk gets very slippery when icy and for many seniors walking is their sole form of exercise?

    Jane Jackson asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your questions regarding adding additional pool space to Ravensong and an indoor walking track.

    Pages 34-39 of the draft master plan provide information on three options to meet the needs of indoor aquatics. Two of the options are specific to expanding Ravensong. Design concepts of these two options can be found  on panels 12 and 13  of the open houses display panels found here under background documents.

    While walking/jogging was the top activity by residents who participated in the community survey, they expressed a need for more outdoor walking and hiking trails. A indoor multi - purpose recreation facility which approximately 17% of the survey respondents saw a need for, could include an indoor walking track. A very limited amount of consideration has been given to the viability of on indoor walking track while considerable consideration and discussion has occurred around an outdoor track and field / multi-sport complex.       

  • Hi there I would love to see a turf field put in district 69 we have a large Group of children teenagers and adults that play a variety of sports and due to our weather majority of the time they are unable to use the fields due to the conditions. Let’s just do this and get it done there needs to be something for our children all your round activity. Parksville Qualicum continues to grow So no better time but right now

    Gillian asked almost 2 years ago

    Hello and thank you for your comments on a turf field. I will ensure they are included in the review of the feedback section of the master plan here at this site.

    If you have any more to add about the turf field or any part of the draft plan please do add to the  feedback section/survey section here online.

    Again thank you for your comments and involvement.

  • I'm not sure where to make these comments regarding future recreation plans for this region. Hopefully this is the right place. I am a senior living in Parksville and I believe there is a need for a swimming pool in Parksville. I believe there are a lot of seniors who will not go to Qualicum to participate in swimming or water aerobics but who would attend if it was in Parksville. I have gone to Ravensong for water aerobics but it was so crowded I did not go back. I've been told this is an ongoing problem. Many seniors would benefit from an aquatic fitness program or just the exercise and sociability of swimming. Is there is a plan for this to happen in the foreseeable future in Parksville? Thanks for your attention.

    Rose asked almost 2 years ago

    This is exactly the right place for your question and thank you for asking it.

    The comment regarding the benefit of constructing and operating another aquatic facility within District 69 (e.g. Parksville) while continuing to operate Ravensong Aquatic Centre has been made before for reasons identical to those that you have provided.

    Pages 34 - 38 of the draft master plan provides options in meeting the demand for aquatics in the Oceanside area which includes a new or replacement aquatic facility.

    The recommendation currently in the master plan to meet the needs of the aquatics demand does not favour meeting this demand by building and operating two pools or replacing Ravensong with a new pool but rather expanding Ravensong itself. 

    The current population level (46,665) and demand indicates that a second indoor aquatics facility is not likely warranted until the population of the area exceeds 60,000 - 70,000.    

    Again thank you for your question and I hope you are able to attend one of the open houses next week and/or continue to participate in the project here online.