From improving wheelchair accessibility in Haida Gwaii to removing invasive plant species in the Kootenays, parks will benefit from more than $900,000 in funding from the Province and communities across B.C. to mark BC Parks' 100th anniversary.
BC Parks is providing $450,000 to community groups through the Community Legacy Fund to support improvements to 27 parks across the province. To be eligible for funding, community groups were required to contribute to the project either with financial or in-kind contributions. Groups receiving funding through the program are contributing a total of nearly $470,000 in cash and in-kind support for a total project value of nearly $920,000.
The Community Legacy Program provides up to $20,000 per project for work such as trail enhancements, improvements that support recreational activities or conservation of the park's ecology or cultural history. In May, community groups around B.C. with connections to their local parks were invited to apply for funding through the program, established as part of BC Parks centennial celebrations. Special events are being held in parks across the province, all year long, as BC Parks honours 100 years of conservation and recreation.
- The Community Legacy Fund was administered by the BC Conservation Foundation on behalf of BC Parks. Adjudicators evaluated whether applicants had a clear plan for making the improvement to the park this year, whether they were able to provide in-kind or cash contributions, whether they had an established partnership with the park, and finally whether the proposed improvement was consistent with the park management plan. Adjudicators also ensured each region of B.C. was reflected in the successful applicants.
- Parking fees were eliminated from B.C. parks on May 3 to help make them more accessible and inviting to families.
- With 13.6 per cent of the province is set aside as parks and protected areas, B.C. has the second largest park system in Canada - second only to the national park system.
Find out more about BC Parks 100 celebrations around the province at: www.bcparks.ca.
Connect with BC Parks on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/YourBCParks.
A backgrounder follows.
Ministry of Environment
Community Legacy Program Recipients
Climbers Access Society: $14,000
Various parks - Sustainable human waste management in remote areas
Friends of Ecological Reserves: $19,000
Various parks - documentation and education materials including video and improved website
West Kootenay EcoSociety: $19,000
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park - Upgrades and information displays
Federation of B.C. Naturalists: $16,000
South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area, Vaseux Lake Provincial Park, Haynes Provincial Park - Interpretive signs in bird areas
Canadian Avalanche Centre: $19,000
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, Stagleap Provincial Park, West Arm Provincial Park - Avalanche terrain exposure ratings
Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Council: $10,000
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park - Stopping the spread of invasive plants
The Alpine Club of Canada: $19,000
Elk Lakes Provincial Park - Renovating cabins to increase capacity.
Sovereign lake Nordic Club: $15,000
Silver Star Mountain Provincial Park - Upgrade and install signage
South Okanagan Invasive Plant Society: $16,000
South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Areas - Invasive plant management
Friends of Fintry Park: $19,000
Fintry Provincial Park - Restore staff quarters
Fraser River Youth Society: $19,000
West Twin Provincial Park - Replacing six foot bridges
School District 57, Prince George Aboriginal Education: $19,500
Eskers Provincial Park - Ethnobotany tour signage
North Shore Wetland Partners: $19,500
Cypress Provincial Park - wetland restoration
Ducks Unlimited: $19,000
Pitt Polder Ecological Reserve - vegetation and bog management
Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council: $ 19,000
Cypress Provincial Park, Seymour Provincial Park, Indian Arm Provincial Park - control and inventory hogweed and knotweed
Powell River Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities: $19,000
Inland Lake Provincial Park - Refurbish two wheelchair accessible cabins
BC Conservation Foundation: $9,100
Silver Lake Provincial Park - Steelhead spawning gravel replacement
Friends of Churn Creek: $18,000
Churn Creek Provincial Park - Design and build information kiosk
Shuswap Hut and Trail Alliance: $12,000
Yard Creek Provincial Park - nature trail repair
Lytton First Nation: $19,000
Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux - Cultural Heritage Education Program
Galiano Conservancy Association: $17,000
Montague Harbour Marine Park - Cultural celebrations
Canadian Cave Conservancy: $18,000
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park - Ecological and recreational enhancements
Old Massett Village Council: $19,000
Naikoon Provincial Park - Wheelchair access from boardwalk
SeaChange Marine Society: $15,000
Gowlland Tod Provincial Park - Restoration of plants and signage
Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere: $10,700
Various parks - interpretive signage for Mount Arrowsmith
Conservancy Hornby Island: $12,200
Helliwell Provincial Park - Holly removal
Cetus Research and Conservation Society: $19,000
Qwiquallaag/Boat Bay Provincial Park - Robson Bight warden camp improvements
Ministry of Environment