"This is a long awaited and valuable addition to the Meadowood Community Park. We are grateful to the RDN and SD69 officials who have enabled this transition. It is now possible to make long-term plans for the Park to be developed into a centre for the Meadowood community," said Julian Fell, RDN Director for Area F.
The acquired land has been managed by the RDN as a community park since 2014 through Licence of Use agreement with School District 69. The 2.03 hectare property will be added to the adjacent Meadowood Community Park lands which has a recently developed adventure playground and sport court.
"We are pleased to have reached an agreement to sell this property to the RDN. We are thrilled that the Meadowood site will remain a publically held asset which will bring value to this community in future years," stated School District 69 Superintendent Rollie Koop.
The land acquisition is funded from the Electoral Area F Community Parks budget. The purchase meets the RDN's current Strategic Goals of increasing parks and open spaces, protecting the environment and securing recreation amenities as a core service.
Community engagement on development plans for the park including potential design and construction of a community recreation centre on the site will commence in 2018.
For more information on RDN Parks and Trails, visit www.rdn.bc.ca/parks
General Manager, Recreation and Parks Services
Regional District of Nanaimo
School District No. 69 Qualicum