The CRD is developing management plans for both Mount Parke and St. John Point Regional Parks on Mayne Island. These plans will provide strategic guidance for on-going management of both parks for the next 15-20 years.
About the Parks
St. John Point is a 26-hectare waterfront property acquired in December 2017, and currently in park reserve status. Sensitive ecosystems in the park are considered at risk and ecologically fragile. Given this, St. John Point Regional Park is classified as a regional conservation area. The management planning process will consider how best to manage visitor use while protecting environmental values.
Mount Parke Regional Park is 49 hectares. It was acquired in 1991 and expanded in 1992 through a generous private land donation. It offers forest walks, vistas, bird watching and spring wildflowers. It features the highest viewpoint (185m) on Mayne Island with summit views of other Gulf Islands and the Lower Mainland. It currently receives about 12,000 visits annually.
Provide Input Online
The planning process includes public engagement to gather information and interests about the park. The initial round of input took place from October 1 to November 13, 2018. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. A second round of engagement will occur in 2019, once the management plans are drafted. It will include both an online comment form and an on-island engagement session for face-to-face dialogue with staff. An update will be posted once dates are set.
Park Planning Process
Given that both parks are on Mayne Island, efficiencies will be realized in the consultation process by developing these plans concurrently. The planning process will provide opportunities for island residents, key stakeholders such as the Mayne Island Conservancy Society, and the public across the CRD to provide input into how these areas are managed. We want to ensure that everyone's interests are considered. The information you provide will help staff prepare the management plans.
- Following consideration of input on the draft management plans, they will be finalized for endorsement by the Regional Parks Committee and approval by the CRD Board
- The planning process will include initial engagement with First Nations, key government agencies, and conservation covenant holders (St. John Point) to review available information and discuss requirements for the management plans.
- The website will provide information about the management plan projects and an opportunity for the public to offer information and suggestions before the plans are drafted.
- An on-line response form will be used to gauge overall support for and gather comments on the draft management plans.
- In addition, an on-island engagement session will provide opportunity for face-to-face dialogue with staff.
Why Develop Park Management Plans?
Park management plans are a best practice. The purpose is to guide conservation, development, and use of the park over the next 15-20 years. The management plans will include strategic direction (park vision, goals, and management statements relating to conservation and the provision of visitor opportunities), park zoning consistent with the park’s classification, key management actions, and a general implementation strategy. The CRD’s aim is to manage these parks in ways that are ecologically sound and supported by the public.