Smoke from B.C.’s wildfires last summer didn’t deter visitors to Metro Vancouver’s regional parks and greenways.
Total park visitation increased to 11.7 million last August, with 10 sites setting new record highs in 2018. The record visitation numbers were just one of many achievements highlighted in the recently released 2018 Regional Parks Annual Report, which provides a comprehensive overview of the Regional Parks’ annual visitation, activities, programs and stories.
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, which aims to protect important natural areas and connect residents with the outdoors, grew the system with the acquisition of 11.05 hectares last year, at Campbell Valley Regional Park, Glen Valley Regional Park, Kanaka Creek Regional Park and Widgeon Marsh Regional Park Reserve.
Natural resource management and stewardship activities also restored habitat and revitalized ecosystems, including the removal of 28 tons of invasive species with the help of volunteers, while Metro Vancouver Regional Parks and consultants won an award for the innovative design of Surrey Bend Regional Park.
Several by-the-number statistics in the report were also highlighted:
- 7,392 volunteers contributed 25,938 hours to programs and activities that support, sustain and conserve regional parks
- 60,619 people of all ages connected to nature through 1,057 programs and events
- 125,631 guests enjoyed picnic shelters and other bookable day-use facilities
- 142,205 guests overnighted in camping facilities
For more information, the 2018 Regional Parks Annual Report is available online.