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New park approved for Quadra Island, protecting wetlands

Quadra Island is getting a new park, near the April Point Resort.

The Strathcona Regional District board approved the parkland dedication yesterday at its regular meeting. Robyn Mawhinney, who represents Quadra Island, says she was glad to see the lands being formally protected, but had questions about plans for 1.5 kilometres of walking trails proposed for the area.

“I noticed that most of it is a wetland, which are critical for percolating water into the aquifer, and I appreciate that the wetland is being preserved as a park. I am curious how this trail will be built, and how it will be maintained,” she says.

Regional district staff say there is no requirement to build the trails, but they could be done some time in the future.

The dedication comes as a requirement for a subdivision approved in 2008. The new parkland covers nearly 2.8 hectares south of the Resort to Quathiaski Cove, from the west side of April Point Road to the shoreline.

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