The 707 Community Park on Gabriola Island now includes an additional 9 acres (3.64 hectares) of forested land. The second-largest park in the RDN, 707 Community Park has now grown to an impressive 1,052 acres (425.7 ha) in size.
The RDN listened to the community’s interests, and together with the Gabriola Land and Trails Trust who provided a generous donation, the RDN was able to make the parkland purchase. The property officially became part of the park on October 9, 2020. The existing 707 Community Park management plan will provide management direction for the new parkland addition.
Situated within the Coats Marsh watershed, the new parkland property is an integral part of the Coats Marsh hydrological system. The parkland addition will provide increased ecological protection to Coats Marsh,a rare, ecologically sensitive Gulf Island freshwater wetland. This wetland is the primary management focus of neighbouring Coats Marsh Regional Park. The new property also connects an existing, well-used trail, formalizing a 2.3 km trail loop in the southern quadrant of the park.