View Royal Park is one of those neighbourhood parks that you probably have never heard of unless you live nearby. But, there are some terrific reasons why it is worth your time to come out and discover this surprising little gem located just off Helmcken Road near the elementary school.
As you enter the park you immediately sense the tranquility of the area, which comprises a migratory bird sanctuary. You follow the path along the edge of Craigflower Creek and are greeted by the lovingly maintained community gardens.
On any given day you are likely to see one of the many gardeners tending to their crop of fruits, vegetables and flowers. The gardens started with 30 plots in 2014 and already have close to 50. In 2018 pollinator beds with bright colourful flowers were added to attract bees.
The town has plans to expand the garden area to include irrigation, a greenhouse and a common market garden in addition to more beds in the coming few years but will need to address concerns regarding parking. Currently the park has parking for just 12 vehicles. Use View Royal Elementary School parking for overflow parking located just half a block away at the round-about.
Beyond the gardens is the recently updated children’s playground. Playgrounds sure have come a long way from a swing set and see-saw! This play area has enough activities to keep your little ones busy for as long as you’ll let them stay.
Cross the little foot bridge and you enter the off-leash dog park and outdoor fitness area. It is a wide-open area where your fur friends can run loose but be sure to keep them out of the estuary in order to protect the wildlife. Both migratory and resident birds call this region home.
Surrounding the large green space is a well-packed crushed gravel flat walking/running path – approximately 625m in length. At each end of this section of the park are four pieces of outdoor fitness equipment for users of all ages and fitness levels, designed to focus on cardiovascular, strength, flexibility or balance.
There is plenty of room to add more amenities at this park and it seems that is part of the community plan. In the Spring of 2019 we learned of a new bike park at the site and it wasn't long before things started happening! Sure enough, as of September 2019 the new bike park celebrated its grand opening and kids are coming from all over to check out the beginner/intermediate bike pump track.
View Royal Park made it to my list of places worth exploring because of the diversity of activities suitable for every member of your family, all contained within a neighbourhood park.
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