Regional Parks Strategic Plan Update

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Capital Regional District (CRD) Regional Parks protects and manages more than 13,300 hectares of natural areas in 32 regional parks and three regional trails on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

The Regional Parks Strategic Plan 2012-21 has set the overall vision, goals and objectives for Regional Parks’ service delivery over the past 10 years. The CRD Board initiated an update of the Regional Parks Strategic Plan on December 8, 2021 and extended the current Plan until July 2022. A new Regional Parks Strategic Plan will be brought forward for approval at that time.

The updated Regional Parks Strategic Plan will set the direction for regional parks and trails over the next decade. It defines the vision for our regional parks' system and sets the foundation for how CRD can consistently move towards achieving its’ desired outcomes.

On February 9, 2022 the CRD Board directed staff to seek input on a proposed vision, values, mission statement, and priorities and to apply a lens of conservation and protection of biodiversity to the process and plan.

  • Stakeholder engagement: Stakeholder groups representing broad conservation, outdoor recreation and community interests were invited to participate in focus groups about the Regional Parks Strategic Plan update in February 2022. A summary of stakeholder feedback is available here.
  • Public engagement: A survey was available until April 4 for the public to offer feedback about the Regional Parks Strategic Plan update. Public information sessions were held:
  • First Nations engagement: The CRD's boundaries span the traditional territories of over 20 First Nations, whose ancestors have been taking care of the land since time immemorial. The CRD believes that a positive working relationship with First Nations is good for the whole region. Engagement with First Nations on the Regional Parks Strategic Plan update will be ongoing throughout 2022.

Capital Regional District (CRD) Regional Parks protects and manages more than 13,300 hectares of natural areas in 32 regional parks and three regional trails on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

The Regional Parks Strategic Plan 2012-21 has set the overall vision, goals and objectives for Regional Parks’ service delivery over the past 10 years. The CRD Board initiated an update of the Regional Parks Strategic Plan on December 8, 2021 and extended the current Plan until July 2022. A new Regional Parks Strategic Plan will be brought forward for approval at that time.

The updated Regional Parks Strategic Plan will set the direction for regional parks and trails over the next decade. It defines the vision for our regional parks' system and sets the foundation for how CRD can consistently move towards achieving its’ desired outcomes.

On February 9, 2022 the CRD Board directed staff to seek input on a proposed vision, values, mission statement, and priorities and to apply a lens of conservation and protection of biodiversity to the process and plan.

  • Stakeholder engagement: Stakeholder groups representing broad conservation, outdoor recreation and community interests were invited to participate in focus groups about the Regional Parks Strategic Plan update in February 2022. A summary of stakeholder feedback is available here.
  • Public engagement: A survey was available until April 4 for the public to offer feedback about the Regional Parks Strategic Plan update. Public information sessions were held:
  • First Nations engagement: The CRD's boundaries span the traditional territories of over 20 First Nations, whose ancestors have been taking care of the land since time immemorial. The CRD believes that a positive working relationship with First Nations is good for the whole region. Engagement with First Nations on the Regional Parks Strategic Plan update will be ongoing throughout 2022.
  • Next Steps

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    Thank you for your interest in the Regional Parks Strategic Plan and for filling out the survey. Staff are currently compiling the survey results and drafting the updated Strategic Plan. The new Strategic Plan will be presented to the Regional Parks Committee & Transportation Committee in June and to the CRD Board in July 2022. Along with the Plan, an engagement summary will be brought forward summarizing survey results, stakeholder, and First Nations engagement.

  • Stakeholder Engagement Summary

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    A total of five focus groups were conducted with key stakeholders in February 2022. The focus groups were attended by 39 stakeholder groups, 24 from outdoor recreation groups, 8 from conservation groups, and 7 from community groups. Three interviews were conducted with interest groups who were not initially identified in the stakeholder engagement plan. Interviews and an additional focus group were conducted with representatives from 7 park agencies with interest in the region.

    Thank you all for your participation. Here is a summary report of what we have heard so far.

    A report will be prepared that provides an in-depth analysis of all feedback received once the engagement process has been completed.


  • Proposed Vision 2032

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    We work cooperatively and respectfully to steward and expand an exceptional system of regional parks and trails that is rich in biodiversity and cultural heritage, resilient to change, connects people to nature and provides healthy outdoor experiences for all.


  • Proposed Mission

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    • Ensure regional parks and trails are resilient by delivering a sustainable service that is adaptable and takes action on climate change
    • Foster stewardship of ecological and cultural resources by informing, engaging and collaborating with the public, volunteers, partners, and First Nations
    • Provide access to regional parks and trails that facilitates healthy, safe and enjoyable outdoor recreation experiences for all
    • Secure a diverse and connected system of regional parks and trails that protect and restore the integrity of our region’s biodiversity and cultural landscapes
    • Work with First Nations in taking care of the land and water
  • Proposed Values and Principles

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    Accessibility – We provide access to nature for all ages and abilities

    Conservation – We work together to protect, restore and celebrate the region’s natural and cultural landscapes

    Equity – We work together to ensure regional parks and trails are inclusive and maintained as a common good

    Reconciliation – We are committed to work towards reconciliation with First Nations

    Recreation – We offer outdoor recreation experiences that improve our health and well-being

    Resiliency – We take action on climate change by being adaptive and using resources sustainably with a view to benefiting future generations

  • Proposed Priority Statements

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    Conservation & Recreation

    • Conserve biodiversity
    • Enable outdoor recreation
    • Work with partners
    • Foster stewardship

    Access & Equity

    • Enhance health & well-being
    • Promote complete and connected communities
    • Ensure economic fairness
    • Accessibility & equity lens

    Climate Action & Resiliency

    • Align sustainable service delivery with climate action
    • Advance regional active transportation
    • Develop partnerships
    • Acquire and manage natural areas

    Reconciliation

    • Incorporate First Nations reconciliation objectives
    • Provide space for cultural use
    • Strengthen engagement
    • Support shared prosperity
  • Regional Parks Committee and Board Input

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    A workshop of the Regional Parks Committee members was convened on January 26, 2022 to provide input on the proposed direction of the Regional Parks Strategic Plan update. The Committee considered a proposed vision, mission, values, priorities and targets to be included in the updated Regional Parks Strategic Plan. View the material and Committee workshop here:

    On February 9, 2022, the Board reviewed the outcomes of the Regional Parks Committee workshop and provided direction on a proposed vision, values, mission statement and priorities ahead of engagement with stakeholders, the public and First Nations.



Page last updated: 21 Apr 2022, 08:33 AM