Plan calls for added amenities

Little Qualicum River Regional Park may be getting facilities

The Regional District of Nanaimo has taken one more step towards ratifying a detailed management plan for the Little Qualicum River Regional Park.

The park is a 44-hectare riparian corridor that was acquired by the RDN in 1999 as parkland and is solely owned and managed by the district.

At this month’s committee of the whole meeting, directors approved a plan submitted by staff for the park, which was based on two public workshops, one in April and one in June, as well as a final public open house, held in October and a presentation at the Corcan Meadowood Residents Association AGM on Oct. 21.

The overall vision for the park includes maintaining a strong commitment to conservation and environmental stewardship, providing recreational activities that respect the park’s ecology and a commitment to education and collaboratgive management with RDN stakeholders and volunteer organizations.

To this end, the plan recommends site amenities such as picnic tables, signs, parking and toilets be installed at or near day use or swimming areas. As well, shared parking and a trail connection will be made with Meadowood Community Park. However, the majority of the park will be kept undeveloped under conservation zoning and recreation amenities will be minimal.

In all, $99,500 worth of projects have been identified for the park over the next 10 years.