PARKSVILLE – New Democrat MLA Adam Walker says people in Parksville will benefit from new improvements that will make it easier and more enjoyable to explore the outdoors at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.
“Not only is Rathtrevor a treasure for locals, but people from all over come here to camp and experience the serenity of the beach,” said Adam Walker, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. “By improving access to the day-use trails, we are making it easier for more people to enjoy everything Rathtrevor has to offer. We received lots of positive feedback when our government paved the parking lot at Rathtrevor and I know this will be another widely-welcomed investment.”
The planning to improve access to day-use trails at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is currently underway. Following the busiest season ever for BC Parks, the BC New Democrat government is investing $21.5 million over the next three years to expand and enhance opportunities for outdoor recreation, including new campsites, trails and upgrades to facilities at several parks. The Province is consulting with First Nations governments and conducting environmental and archaeological assessments prior to moving forward with the projects.
The investment is part of an $83 million budget increase to BC Parks which will strengthen management of the park system and provide a more enjoyable experience for people. In addition to this proposed project at (local BC Park), new funding is also being invested in all regions of the province to acquire new land, add more campsites and improve high-use trails.
During the last four years, more than 1,500 campsites have been added to provincial parks and recreation sites in high demand areas. 500 of those sites have been in the Lower Mainland area including Cultus Lake, Golden Ears, Chilliwack Lake, Stawamus Chief and Garibaldi. New campsite developments incorporate accessible design standards, wherever possible, so people living with disabilities can enjoy outdoor activities with no barriers.