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Anders and Dorrit's Community Park

Anders and Dorrits Community Park

Park Location

Anders and Dorrit's Community Park is located in Electoral Area 'C' within the Regional District of Nanaimo. The park is located at 3734 Jinglepot Road (across the street from the GP Cottenwood Stables), just outside the Nanaimo city limits.

Park Description

The park property is 2.55 ha (6.3 acres) in size and is part of the Agricultural Land Reserve. The property is bordered by Jingle Pot Road on the Northwest and by farms on the Southwest and East. Half of the property is forested and the other half consists of open fields and a house with its surrounding residential gardens. An informal trail leads down to the Millstone River which runs through the southern part of the property.

Park History

Anders and Dorrit purchased the property over 30 years ago and set about building a house and farming the land where they raised cattle, sheep and chickens. Anders and Dorrit were avid travelers as well as gardeners and over the years they established an interesting collection of ornamental trees on the property. The park was officially opened to the public on September 5th, 2013.

In November, 2007 a letter was received from Dorrit and Anders Olesen asking if the Regional District was interested in their property for park purposes. Before he passed away, Anders Olesen sat down with parks staff at the Regional District of Nanaimo and developed concept plans for a community park which closely follow the Olesen's wishes.

The property was transferred to the Regional District following Anders' death in May 2011. He was 86 years old.

The park was officially opened to the public on September 5th, 2013.

Public Consultation

The first step in the planning and design process was to invite the community to walk the park and review the concept plans which were developed with Anders Olesen before he passed away. The community was asked:
  • Are there other amenities that could be incorporated in the park?
  • Should the house be removed or kept & renovated for community use?
  • Which design concept do you prefer?
Open House & Questionnaire:

An open house was held at the park on September 5th, 2013. Over 60 community members came to speak with RDN Director Maureen Young, Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee members and RDN Parks staff to provide their input on the park plan.

The open house information and questionnaire were available online between September 5th, 2013 and January 10th, 2014. Forty-nine (49) responses were received.

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For more information please contact Elaine McCulloch, RDN Parks Planner 250.248.3252 toll free 1.888.828.2069 or email: emcculloch@rdn.bc.ca