Parks are One of our Biggest Assets
Now more than ever I value the parks and trails of our whole region. I don’t think I’m alone in this sentiment as park usage has increased considerably in the past year. The Cowichan Valley Regional District has recorded record numbers of park users since the beginning of the pandemic.
The research is also clear about the benefits of active living and exercising outside. Larger parks give people the opportunity to go for a stroll, jog or cycle. Not only does exercising outside lower our chances of contracting chronic diseases (such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory problems), but also, being in nature offers up mental health benefits and stress reduction. If I set out to the park after a day of online meetings, I can feel the tension leaving my body and my mind feels clearer.
In Shawnigan Lake we especially value our lake views and access to the water. Our newest trail addition goes from Mason’s Beach along the tracks all the way to the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre. This trail gives people a safer route away from the road with a beautiful view of the lake. Choose it for your next stroll and enjoy both the lake and our village.
This year marks the final payment on Old Baldy Mountain. This Park was purchased in 2016 with short term borrowing and paid off with local tax dollars. I will be working closely with the Parks Commission to look at next steps for this park among others. Please connect if you have an interest in volunteering on one of Area B’s advisory boards such as the Parks Commission.
I am so grateful to live in such a beautiful rural setting. Just looking out at the trees brings me a sense of calmness that I don’t think I would have if I lived in the city. With the new COVID restrictions and the inability to socialize, I encourage you to explore our parks and maybe even find a new favourite. The CVRD website has information about all it’s parks at https://www.cvrd.ca/146/Community-Parks
As always please connect. Sierra.Acton@cvrd.bc.ca 250-715-6763