Area A Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
The Area A Parks, Recreation, and Culture Commission plays a key role as an advisory body to the Regional Board regarding the administration and operation of the Regional District service functions related to parks, recreation, and culture for the electoral area. Although the Commission is involved with community parks services, regional parks services are maintained under a separate function which can be found in the links below.
In consultation with local community organizations and the Regional Board, the Commission identified a need for a Recreation Coordinator to contribute to the planning and implementation of recreation and culture programs within Cedar, Cassidy, South Wellington, and Yellowpoint.
The Area A Recreation Coordinator will offer direct recreation and culture programs for all ages; develop a sense of community, foster partnerships, and create opportunities for individual growth.
- What does the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Commission do?
Recreation and Culture Services
1. Make recommendations and provide advice to the Regional Board and staff regarding a wide range of Electoral Area A recreation & culture program issues including planning, development, and implementation of recreation and culture services.
2. Liaise, provide leadership and work with community and neighbourhood groups on a wide range of Electoral Area A recreation and culture programs and services.
3. Play a leadership role and provide a focal point for cooperation between community interests and the Regional District on Electoral Area A recreation and culture programs and services. Provide community input into planning documents including the development and updating of Electoral Area A recreation and culture services master plans.
Electoral Area Community Parks
1. Make recommendations and provide advice to the Regional Board regarding a wide range of Electoral Area A parks and open space issues including:
- the acquisition or tenure of community park sites as per RDN Policy A1-21 (Land Acquisition Process)
- subdivision park land dedications as per RDN Policy C1-05 (Review of Consideration of Parkland - Subdivision Application Process)
- the development and maintenance of community park sites
- priorities for expenditure of community park operations and reserve fund
2. Liaise provide leadership, and work with community and neighbourhood groups on a wide range of Electoral Area A parks and open space matters including:
- volunteer park development projects
- obtaining input regarding park planning and acquisition priorities
- trail system planning and development
- Ministry of Transportation waterfront accesses
3. Play a leadership role and provide a focal point for co-operation between community interests and the Regional District on Electoral Area A parks and open space issues.
4. Provide community input into park planning documents including the development and updating of the Electoral Area A community parks and trails master plan and specific community park development plans.
5. Work within the objectives and policies of the Regional Growth Management Plan, the Electoral Area Official Community Plan, the Area A Community Trails Study, the Regional Parks & Trails Plan, and any other statutory plans that are applicable to Electoral Area A.
- Electoral Area A Parks Services
Electoral Area A hosts several beautiful parks and trails including Thelma Griffith Community Park, South Wellington Community Park, Nanaimo River Trail, and Morden Colliery Regional Trail.
Visit the Parks Services page for more information on the parks, trails, and current projects within Area A.
- Recreation Grants-In-Aid Program
The Electoral Area A Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission has a grant program that is targeted toward local community organizations providing recreation and culture services within Electoral Area A.
For more information on the application process and to download the application forms, click here.
- Local Organizations with Recreation Opportunities
Local groups and organizations also offer recreation programs and facility rental services.
For a listing of local groups that may be offering community recreation programs, please visit Community Links.
- Program Proposal
Do you have an idea for a program or workshop you'd like to offer through the RDN Recreation and Parks department in Yellowpoint, Cedar, Cassidy, or South Wellington? We'd love to hear about it.
For more information on the program proposal process, click here.
- Area A Recreation Services Inventory
The purpose of this project was to develop an inventory of recreational services in Electoral Area A for the Area A Parks, Recreation, and Culture Commission (the Commission). Ultimately, the inventory will be used by the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) and the Commission to inform future needs assessment discussions.
Click the link to view the final report, Area A Recreation Services Inventory - 2019
- Electoral Area A Recreation and Culture Services Master Plan
On June 26, 2007, the Regional District of Nanaimo Board adopted the Area 'A' Recreation and Culture Services Master Plan. The Master Plan defines direction, philosophy, policies, priorities, and actions regarding the development and provision of Area A recreation and cultural services. It is a strategic plan that provided the basic framework to shape and guide recreation and cultural services administered and operated by the Regional District of Nanaimo Recreation and Parks Department in conjunction with other key community organizations over ten years (2007-2016).
To view the 2007 Master Plan in full, please Click Here.
The Master Plan process was initiated following the approval, in 2005, of an Electoral Area 'A' referendum, which includes the communities of Cassidy, Cedar, South Wellington, and part of Yellowpoint. Residents were asked if they were in favour of adopting "Electoral Area 'A' Recreation and Culture Services Bylaw No. 1467, 2005", which would establish a service to provide recreation and cultural services, and acquire, construct, and operate recreation and culture facilities in Electoral Area 'A'.
The first, four of twenty-six key recommendations referred to Governance and Administration of the services. As an outcome of these recommendations, a Commission was established to advise the Regional Board on the development and delivery of the recreation and culture services. The current Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission also advises the Regional Board on parks services.
- Sports Fields and Recreation Services Agreement
It is important to note that in addition to the provision of localized recreation and cultural services, Electoral Area A is included in the District 68 Sports Field and Recreation Services Agreement between the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) and the City of Nanaimo. The Agreement was renewed in 2005 as an outcome of Phase One of the RDN Regional Service Review and provides local taxes from Electoral Areas A, B, and C and, the District of Lantzville to the City of Nanaimo for operational costs of City recreation services based on usage by each community.
To view the Services Agreement, please Click Here.
Contact the Area A Parks, Recreation, and Culture Services Team.