More funds are needed for Phase 1 of the Lions Park Development Project in Qualicum Bay.
Electoral Area H (Bowser, Qualicum Bay, Deep Bay) director Stuart McLean has asked the Regional District of Nanaimo board to increase the allocation for project from $300,000 to $500,000. The added cost will be drawn from Area E’s Community Work Fund.
McLean made the a notice motion at the RDN’s board meeting this month. He also asked Electoral Area H Community Parks Budget be amended accordingly in the 2022-2026 financial plan.
The Lions Community Park is a 14-acre property connected to the Lighthouse Country Regional Trail. The current playground, baseball diamonds and washrooms are old and in need of substantial upgrading repairs or replacement.
In the fall of 2021, residents were given an opportunity to give their input on the future use of the park via a survey held from Oct. 12 to Nov. 26.
The desired amenities and improvements residents would like to see include a new playground, cycling facilities, renovated washroom building, improved baseball and softball diamonds, off-leash area, paved sport court for tennis, basketball and pickleball, covered seating area, sports field, improved trails, outdoor fitness equipment and skateboard park. There were also suggestions for community gardens, disc golf courses, running track, wayfinding signage, natural playground and stage/amphiteatre.
— NEWS Staff