Blueback Community Park
Park DescriptionThe park property was acquired by the RDN in 1963 as a community park through subdivision of the surrounding lands. Until it was cleared in 2015 as part of park development, the site was almost entirely covered in blackberry bushes with a narrow trail that led to the beach. There is roadside parking for 6 cars.
Park DevelopmentPark Design
Through a community engagement process held in 2013/2014 local residents requested the following park improvements and management goals:
- Open up the park to allow community access to the property (clear brush & improve drainage)
- Remove blackberries and restore with native plants.
- Maintain/improve views to the beach and ocean (provide a view corridor).
- Provide amenities such as washrooms, change room and staging area to reduce the impact of existing recreational uses (e.g. scuba diving and kayaking).
- Improve parking with additional spaces and a drop-off area.
- Include environmental interpretation and welcome signs.
- Separate passive community use and active recreation areas.
- Provide seating and small gathering area (for family uses like picnics etc.).
- Include imaginative and playful elements for a unique local park character.
|Summer 2015:||park clearing|
|Fall 2015 - Spring 2016:||drainage work began in the fall 2015 and was completed in the spring 2016 due to weather conditions.|
|Summer / Fall 2016:||park development to continue|
Park development funding was provided through the RDN Electoral Area 'E' Community Parks budget and the Electoral Area 'E' Community Works Fund.