The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is developing a Parks and Trails Strategy to guide the development of its regional and community parks and trails for the next 10 years.
The regional district has launched a survey which will help inform the strategy’s vision, based on community values of parks and trails. It will also help guide present approaches for land acquisition planning, clarify the RDN’s core park services and encourage sustainability of the parks and trails staffing, resources and operations.
“Access to outdoor recreation contributes to our physical and mental well-being so it is important that residents take the opportunity to provide their feedback,” said Tyler Brown, RDN chair. “Their input helps guide the future of our many parks and trails, from local greenspaces and playgrounds that make our communities more vibrant to larger regional parks that provide a wide range of outdoor experiences for residents and visitors alike.”
The survey builds on the first round of public engagement in December 2019 and January 2020 to better understand what residents think of existing parks and trails and what they want to see in the future.
In the second round of engagement, the RDN invites residents to review the draft vision, goals and actions and complete an online survey by April 28.
The regional parks and trails system contains over 2050 hectares of land including 12 regional parks, one regional conservation area and 78 km of trails in 10 regional trail systems. The community parks and trails system includes over 750 hectares of land with over 212 community parks and trails.