Recreation

The City of Parksville has provided an update on future and ongoing upgrades to Parksville Community Park, including work on a new outdoor stage and gathering space, upgrades to Lions Ventureland Playground and a new washroom facility.
Residents can complete a short online survey to help council better understand where people would like to see funds spent.
The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) board has awarded grants to 11 organizations, totalling $23,486, to be used for a variety of community and recreation focused projects.
The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is looking for volunteers with experience or interest in parks, recreation, culture, agriculture, waste management, planning or drinking water and watershed protection.
The 90 minute sessions are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 and will include facilitated discussions, small-group exercises and activities to help determine how and where the multiplex could most benefit the community.
“Based on initial site visits and discussions with the city staff, WSP has identified potential valuable ecological communities at the site that may present constrictions to the proposed development,” said Christie Lucas, environmental scientist.
The city said a team of public engagement experts from HDR, Inc. will lead a campaign to inform residents about the project, including hosting in-person open houses or workshops.
The city has extended the application deadline for an expert panel to advise council on the location of the proposed Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre to June 4.
“There is an evolution of leisure happening where we have room to move around in our cities, communities and neighbourhoods,” said Joanne Schroeder, recreation and tourism professor at VIU.
“This is Parksville’s largest project to date and will provide amenities, programs, services and a social gathering space for seniors and young families for years to come,” said Mayor Ed Mayne.

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