Established in 1963, the waterfront Community Park is the jewel of Parksville. The park land is steeped in history; Parksville’s namesake, Nelson Parks, had a small shack near the land that currently makes up the Community Park. It is said that at a social event in his home, he remarked that it looked as though everyone around was present, so the settlement should be called "Parksville".
To this day, the 39 acre Community Park lives up to its name and remains a gathering place and site for events and festivals. There is plenty of room on the beach for everyone and the park offers recreational facilities to satisfy the whole family.
In 2010 the City of Parksville completed a waterfront walkway from the Community Park to the foot of McMillan Street. The project was made possible by additional funding from the Province of British Columbia and a contribution from the Beach Club Resort.
The boardwalk, as it is known, is ideal for convenient access to the vast sandy beaches of Parksville Bay, or for a beautiful sunset stroll on a summer evening. The boardwalk, which is 445 meters in length and 4.5 meters wide, accommodates pedestrians as well as wheelchairs and strollers. The multitude of dog-walkers, joggers, families, cyclists, skateboarders and people on rollerblades using the path each day illustrates the fact that the Community Park is truly a community meeting place for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy.
Concession and Washroom Facilities
Near the Lion’s Venture Land Playground and Waterpark there is a concession facility where a variety of food and beverages can be purchased. The concession facility is not staffed by City employees. The facility is operated by an independent contractor renting the publically-owned building.
There are two water fountains located in this area: one is the "lion’s head" directly in front of the water park and the other is located on the side of the concession building.
The building is equipped with male, female and handicap-accessible washrooms which are maintained by City staff. Additional male and female washrooms are located near the ball diamonds.
The City maintains an outdoor shower for washing off sandy feet at the end of a long day at the beach. Located on the waterfront side of the washroom and concession facility, the shower is only in use for the summer months.
If you’re looking to play an old-fashioned game of horseshoes, this is the spot! The City maintains eight horseshoe pits located near the picnic shelter in the Community Park. Users must supply their own horseshoes.
The kite field is a large green space located near the beach in the Community Park. When the field isn’t occupied by major events like Kitefest, the Oceanside Overdrive Car Show, Kidfest or Parksville’s famous Canada Day celebrations, you’ll find people not only flying kites, but playing Frisbee or soccer, or simply sunbathing on the grass.
An outdoor lacrosse box is located near the Community Park entrance. This facility is perfect for games of lacrosse or street hockey.
Lion’s Venture Land Playground and Waterpark
The Lion’s Venture Land Playground and Waterpark is definitely a landmark in Parksville’s Community Park. The Lions Club took over administration of the playground in 1985, adding the spray park in 1992.
Children will love exploring the profusion of brightly coloured slides, swings and jungle gyms at Venture Land. Afterwards they can always cool off in the waterpark, complete with water cannons and a small waterslide! Parents can keep an eye on the kids from nearby picnic tables and benches or just spread a blanket on the lush grass for a family picnic.
Picnic Shelter and Gazebo
There are two separate rentable facilities in the Community Park which are available for events ranging from fundraisers to family barbecues to weddings.
The picnic shelter located near the sports field was rebuilt in 2011. The shelter is used for a wide variety of purposes, including dog clubs, children’s play groups, family reunions, and live musical events, among others.
The waterfront gazebo provides a spectacular view of Parksville Bay and is a beautiful spot for weddings. The gazebo is also a lovely place to just sit and take in the view; you can see couples and families stroll along the boardwalk or watch beach volleyball players dive in the sand, all while enjoying the ocean breeze.
Parksville’s only skateboard park is located at the Community Park beside the volleyball courts. There are half pipes, boxes, rails and ramps for all skill levels, and it’s not unusual to see experienced skateboarders patiently co-existing with young children on bicycles. The park is used primarily for skateboarding and BMX biking. The use of helmets is recommended at all times for all users.
Additional regulations are posted on-site at the skateboard park and all users are asked to follow "skate park etiquette".
Sports Field and Ball Diamonds
There are two baseball diamonds on the sports field. The sports field is used for soccer, croquet, ultimate Frisbee, football and other activities. Unorganized or "pick up" games do not require field bookings.
There are two tennis courts located at the centre of the Community Park. The courts were resurfaced and painted in 2010 and court markings for pickleball were added to both courts in 2012.
The Community Park boasts several large sand beach volleyball courts. These courts are home to some of the largest youth and adult volleyball leagues, camps and tournaments in BC throughout the summer.
The courts are also available for casual public use, although users must supply their own equipment, including nets.