Donation doubles park's size
Little Qualicum River Regional Park more than doubled in size this month with a recent donation of parkland.
The Regional District of Nanaimo announced Tuesday that a gift from Wicklow West Holdings, Ltd., adds 68 hectares to what was previously a 44-hectare park.
The new parkland consists of two parcels – one 55 hectares and one 13 hectares – on either side of Little Qualicum River. The lands, valued at $1.8 million, were transferred March 3.
Bill Veenhof, RDN chairperson, said the new parkland is a wonderful addition to the greenway along the river.
“It’s a really positive, positive outcome,” he said. “I can’t say enough about it. It’ll be huge for the local residents and for tourists.”
Wicklow West has been a property developer in the area since the 1980s, though Veenhof said the donation was not tied to any development project.
“The land transfer creates a lasting benefit for the community and the environment,” said Wally Campbell, Wicklow West director, in an RDN press release. “We are proud that the expanded park will be part of our company’s legacy in the region.”
According to the RDN release, the parkland gift “increases the conservation value” of the park, which protects salmon and trout habitats and a variety of plants. The regional district plans to add signage to the park, and repairs to the bridge are planned.
All areas of the park, including the new portions, are open to the public. The trailhead is located along Corcan Road at Qualicum Beach.
— NEWS staff