Master plan to be developed for Errington Community Park

Committee meeting with stakeholders to collect preliminary input

The Regional District of Nanaimo is hoping to develop a master plan for the Errington Community Park.

Focusing on developing the northeast corner and eastern perimeter of the field adjacent to the park, the goal is to establish recreational amenities such as a bike skills park, a playground and an open field area.

The Electoral Area F Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee discussed a public consultation strategy at its meeting in October.

The first step, the committee decided, is to meet with Errington Park special interest groups as well as the Errington Hall Board, the Farmers’ Market and the Heartwood Home School Group.

Preliminary input is being sought by the committee on which to build a broad conceptual overview, which would then be presented in a public meeting or open house to gather community input to formulate a conceptual plan with specific goals and objectives.

The target completion timeframe for this initial process is late February or early March, 2018.

Earlier this year, residents pitched the bike park idea to the RDN’s Electoral Area F Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee.

The residents’ desire is to build a mountain bike park within the Errington Community Park, specifically on the location of the former baseball field that is no longer being used.

There is also a proposal to build a playground for younger children in the area, and the committee has looked at possible playground development options.

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