COMOX VALLEY – New Democrat MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says locals and visitors to the Comox Valley will benefit from new improvements that will make it easier and more enjoyable to explore the outdoors at Miracle Beach Provincial Park.
“Hikers of all abilities and mountain bikers will soon have more to look forward to in the Comox Valley with these upgrades to Miracle Beach Park,” said MLA Leonard. “This project will make space for new outdoor activities in the park in an archeologically and environmentally sensitive way. We know that outdoor recreation is more popular than ever before, and our government is investing so that everyone can benefit from and enjoy all that our provincial parks have to offer.”
The planning for trail enhancements, including a new bicycle flow track and accessibility upgrades at Miracle 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. New campsite developments incorporate accessible design standards, wherever possible, so people living with disabilities can enjoy outdoor activities with no barriers.