Vancouver Island University students, shown at a Gazebo Talks event June 8, will survey tourists for four weekends in July as part of their consultation for the City of Parksville’s Community Park Master Plan. — J.R. Rardon photo

Parksville polls tourists for Community Park plan

VIU students to survey visitors in park throughout July

After four months of asking Parksville residents for their views on the future of Community Park, surveyors are setting their sights on tourists in July.

The City of Parksville continues to work with students from Vancouver Island University to gather input from residents and tourists to create a vision for the Parksville Community Park. Consultation started in March with the Parks on the Street event, followed by a World Café, Picnic Table Talks, Gazebo Talks and a resident survey

The next phase in consultation includes a tourist survey, scheduled for four Fridays and Saturdays during July, beginning on July 7, the city announced in a release this week.

On those days, students from VIU will be stationed in the Community Park to speak with visitors from outside the Parksville area to capture their perspectives and visions for the park. The city hopes this will provide an opportunity for tourists to provide input and suggestions on the future of the Community Park.

Information gathered during the tourist survey, along with other public engagement activities, will be presented to Council in the fall. The final document will provide direction for development of the Community Park over the next twenty-years.

— NEWS Staff and City of Parksville news release