Dogs allowed at Moorecroft park

Four-legged friends have to remain on a leash, however

People visiting Moorecroft Regional Park are welcome to bring their dogs — as long as the pets remain on a leash.

The ruling was contained in the final draft of the Moorecroft Regional Park Management Plan, which was released this week.

As a condition of sale by the United Church of Canada, a conservation covenant was developed with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to ensure that the natural habitat and ecosystems present at Moorecroft Regional Park will continue to be protected.

The Plan will guide the management, development and operations of the park over the next 10 years.

“The intent is to balance the values of ecological preservation and protection with enhanced visitor services and appropriate facility development,” said Electoral Area E Director and Park Management Plan Advisory Committee member George Holme. “The plan recommends minimizing development in the park, and recognizes that while some of the existing infrastructure can be used, many of the buildings are in poor condition and do not meet public safety and risk management requirements.”

The issue of whether dogs should be allowed to run free in the park — or allowed there at all — proved to be contentious during the year-long consultation process, with some calling for off-leash areas to be established and others calling for dogs to be banned outright.

For reasons of environmental protection and respect and safety of all park users, the plan recommends that dogs be kept on-leash in the park at all times.

The plan also recommends working to find other off-leash areas in the vicinity of the park.

The plan has some   high priority items to implement within the first few years, include developing a feasibility study for the building of a long house with the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation; adding interpretive signs and adding more benches and picnic shelters throughout the park. It also calls for improvements that would allow the park to be used year-round and for the removal of any structures deemed to be unsafe.

The Regional Parks and Trails Select Committee will review the draft plan on Dec. 4 and consideration for approval of the plan by the RDN Board is anticipated in January.


Visit the Recreation and Parks webpage at, email or contact Wendy Marshall, Manager of Parks Services, at 250 248-3252 or 1-888-828-2069.



Just Posted

Annual pickleball tournament fills up quickly

Two-day event to take place indoors at Oceanside Place May 24-25

Lighthouse Country bus tour to focus on area’s tourism destinations

Business assocation wants more tourists to come to the area

Flock of spinners holding fleece and fibre fair in Coombs

Annual event raises money for Bradley Centre, supports local producers and vendors

BC Ferries CEO, president speaks to Parksville and Qualicum Beach chambers

Guest asks about Vancouver Island resident discount fares

Local plant artist featured in national exhibit and in Qualicum Beach

Sherry Mitchell showing in Ottawa and at The Gallery at Qualicum Art Supply

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

Horgan defends fight to both retain and restrict Alberta oil imports

Alberta says pipeline bottlenecks are kneecapping the industry, costing millions of dollars a day

B.C. Transit shows off NextRide bus technology

New technology allows for real-time tracking, to be rolled out through early 2019

Police release video on how to ‘run, hide, fight’ if there’s an active shooter

Vancouver police offer video with input from E-Comm, BC EHS, Vancouver Fire and Rescue

RCMP caution boaters after two kids pass out from carbon monoxide poisoning

Both children were given oxygen and taken to hospital

B.C. invests $115M to create 200 new nurse practitioner jobs

Health Minister says 780,000 B.C. residents don’t have a family doctor

Supreme Court rules social housing residents in B.C. deserve rights too

Tenants trying to stabilize their living situations should not face less legal rights than those paying market rates: Judge

Union calls on prime minister to step into ‘stalled’ Phoenix compensation talks

For more than two years, thousands of federal workers have been affected by Phoenix system

Judge: President Trump can’t block critics on Twitter

The judge had suggested that Trump mute rather than block some of his critics

Most Read