Community parks are created primarily from land dedicated at time of subdivision. Under section 510 of the Local Government Act, a developer is required, in certain specified circumstances, to donate 5% of the land to be dedicated as parkland. This land is transferred to the CRD, to be administrated by the Commission. In certain situations, a developer may be allowed to provide money in lieu of parkland, and this money is placed in the Commission's fund for acquiring alternative parkland.
The Commission may also accept land from other government agencies or by donation from private sources who wish to have it retained for park purposes or to be preserved in a natural state. When considering a donation of land, the Commission takes into account the costs of development, past use of the land, and effects on the neighbourhood, among other factors. The Commission goes through a public process to determine the needs and wishes of the community before making a decision on any proposed donation.
Maintenance and operating costs for parks vary from year to year. Funds from the Commission's annual Parks budget are used to maintain park resources to an acceptable standard. Funds not needed for maintenance and operation are carried over in a capital fund for parkland acquisition.
Community Parks on Galiano
Currently the Commission manages the following neighbourhood parks and ecological areas:
- Lord Road Park
- Tricia Way Park
- Sticks Park
- West Sticks Park
These community parks do not yet have public facilities. The Commission is developing management plans for these parks in consultation with the community.
The Commission also owns the Galiano Skate Park on land leased from the Galiano Lions, and works with the Galiano Skate Park Society to manage this park.
It is expected that with increasing development on the island in the coming years, the number of community parks will continue to increase. The Commission will need to consult with the community as it develops plans for these parks.
Before You Go
When visiting our community parks and walking our trails, please respect adjacent private property and leave no trace of your visit or the visit of your dog. Leave the treasures that you find for others to enjoy. Community parks are open from sunrise to sunset. No camping or fires are allowed. Trails are designed for foot traffic only. Please leave your bicycles at the trail head and enjoy the trail on foot.
© Images courtesy of Maleea Acker & Jerry Azevedo