View Royal is encouraging input into a new Parks and Trails Master Plan by inviting residents to an open house on Feb. 3. The E&N Rail Trail (above)

View Royal is encouraging input into a new Parks and Trails Master Plan by inviting residents to an open house on Feb. 3. The E&N Rail Trail (above)

View Royal parks, trails need shaping

The Town is looking for residents to talk the walk

Public participation is on the agenda in View Royal.

The town is encouraging input into a new Parks and Trails Master Plan by inviting residents to next Wednesday’s (Feb. 3) open house and “World Café” conversations event.

Both are designed to encourage discussion on priorities for the View Royal parks.

The venture, being done with the participation of Master of Community Planning students from Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, will help the Town adopt plans last drafted approximately a decade ago.

“The Town of View Royal is delighted to be working with Vancouver Island University’s first cohort of Community Planning students and our residents in developing a visionary and feasible strategy for our park and trail system,” said Mayor David Screech.

The open house kicks off the proceedings, running from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall, 45 View Royal Ave.

The World Café sessions begin at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Plans for a second open house in April, along with  an online survey and stakeholder interviews, will also be part of the months-long process. The online survey will be available shortly after the Feb. 3 event at viewroyal.ca.

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