Parksville Beach part of nation-wide contest

The beach has been nominated for the Canadian Institute of Planners' awards

Parksville Beach may be officially deemed paradise if it wins a nation-wide contest seeking the greatest place in Canada.

The sandy, expansive beach has recently been nominated for the Canadian Institute of Planners’ awards, which has three categories: public places, neighbourhoods and streets.

Parksville Beach is in the public places category. Mayor Chris Burger said it’s no surprise the beautiful oceanfront was put forward as a candidate for one of the best places in the country.

“The waterfront is the jewel in the crown of this community,” said Burger. “We’re so fortunate to have such a beautiful place that is such a great destination for so many people.”

In 1923, the Parksville Women’s Institute fundraised money to purchase 39 acres of waterfront land. This area became the Community Park which was run by the Community Park Society for 40 years before being turned over to the City in 1963.

Parksville Beach is best known for hosting the annual five-week beach festival, which includes the Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition. This year, the festival welcomed more than 90,000 visitors.

The beach also boasts a one acre wheelchair accessible playground and water park, both of which are funded by the Parksville Lions Club. Moreover, the park includes amenities such as sports fields, beach volleyball sandpits, a skate park, tennis courts, a lacrosse box, curling rink, outdoor gym equipment, picnic shelters and an arboretum.

Aside from the many recreational activities that take place at Parksville Beach, there is also a one-kilometre long, five-metre wide boardwalk that lines the oceanfront offering unobstructed views of the Georgia Strait and coastal mountains.  Parksville Beach is located near the city’s downtown core and provides a sense of identity and community for residents and visitors alike.

Parksville Beach is vying against Ontario’s Blockhouse Island, Alberta’s Broadmoor Lake Park and Port Alberni’s Sproat Lake, among others. To vote for your favourite place in Canada visit: www.greatplacesincanada.ca/en. Voting is open until Sept. 25 and the winners will be announced on World Town Planning Day Nov. 7.

The winners will be determined by a panel of professional planners chosen by the Canadian Institute of Planners. A plaque will be presented to the mayor in the community of the winning location.

Just Posted

Inspirational Parksville youngster Kaiden Finley dies after cancer battle

‘He was seriously the strongest 11-year-old’

Development cost charges considered to fund regional parks

DCCs to assist in funding land acquisitions and development

Parksville powerlifter qualifies for world championships

Buhler sets personal bests in both raw and equipped lifting events

Wires left dangling after van crashes into hydro pole in Dashwood

Road closed while BC Hydro crews dealt with situation

Police go on hunt for distracted drivers in Parksville Qualicum Beach

One motorist ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt and using a cellphone while driving

VIDEO: The ‘most cosmopolitan’ of butterflies could migrate to B.C.

The painted lady butterfly will likely arrive this summer from Southern California

Indecent caller handed 18-month conditional sentence

Vancouver Island man pleaded guilty to making indecent phone and video calls to women across B.C.

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

COLUMN: Smart phone too powerful a tool to yank from students’ hands

Rather than ban them from schools, let’s teach kids to harness their phone’s power and use it properly

B.C. river cleanup crew finds bag of discarded sex toys

Chilliwack volunteers stumble on unexpected find while removing 600 lbs of trash from riverway

Kamloops chamber of commerce director let go after controversial Facebook posts

Facebook account had derogatory comments about Muslims, Justin Trudeau

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

Most Read