This is the landscape plan for the Dunsmuir Community Park located in Electoral Area H in Horne Lake Road. The conceptual plans are now completed and was approved by the RDN’s Electoral Area Services Committee, — RDN photo

Dunsmuir Community Park set to be developed

Electoral Area Services Committee approves conceptual drawings

The construction drawings for Dunsmuir Community Park in Electoral Area H are now complete and the Regional District of Nanaimo has moved one step close to construction of the new facility.

The RDN’s Electoral Area Service Committee approved the conceptual plans and a staff recommendation that $100,000 be allocated from the Electoral Area H Community Works to Phase 1 of the development.

The development of Dunsmuir Community Park, located on Horne Lake Road, is a key project in the community. Providing new parks and outdoor space was one of the high priorities identified in the Recreation Services Master Plan for District 69, as 92 per cent of residents in Electoral Area H said they love to visit parks in the area and 42 per cent utilize local playgrounds.

The project will consist of construction of a new sports court, off-road parking, concrete paths, a shade structure, public art, wood carvings and play equipment. The entire construction of the plan will be completed over the course of two phases.

The total cost of Phase 1 is going to be $215,000, of which $115,000 has already been allocated from the Electoral Area H Community Parks Budget. The $100,000 balance will now be drawn from the Electoral Area H Community Works fund.

Phase 1 of the project entails the creation of the sports court, which will include ball hockey, basketball and pickleball playing areas, and the parking lot. Phase 2 includes the creation of a playground and other park elements.

Staff was also given direction to proceed with the tendering process for the project.

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