Metro Vancouver today officially opened its new 75-hectare Grouse Mountain Regional Park, with a call to the public to help shape its future.The new regional park, the 24th in Metro Vancouver’s portfolio, includes the popular Grouse Grind, BC Mountaineering Club (BCMC) trail and a portion of the Baden Powell trail within its boundaries. Metro Vancouver will work with the public and stakeholders to develop a park management plan over the next year to provide the framework, vision, guiding principles, goals, objectives and strategies for the long-term management of the park.  The plan will focus on protecting and enhancing ecological features, improving trails and convenience facilities, and identifying opportunities for public programming and stewardship.“Implementation of the park plan will enhance and protect the natural wonders of Grouse Mountain Regional Park, including the amazing and diverse natural features, landscapes and ecosystem,” said Director Heather Deal, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Committee. “Although the park is best known for the Grouse Grind Trail, it has so much more beauty and appeal beyond the trail boundaries that have yet to be recognized and explored.”  The new regional park has mature forests and mountain streams, and is home to many wildlife species that roam between the high and low elevations on the mountain during different seasons. Resident species include black bears, cougars, barred owls, black-tailed deer and northern red-legged frogs.“We look forward to adopting a park management plan that will highlight the trails and vistas of our new Grouse Mountain Regional Park,” said Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore. “And we look forward to the public helping us realize what they would like to see, and expect, in our newest regional park.”The park is located adjacent to the privately owned Grouse Mountain Resorts. Metro Vancouver will also collaborate and consult with stakeholders in developing and implementing the park management plan.Details on how the public can share their input will be provided in notices posted on the park kiosk and on the Metro Vancouver website in the coming weeks. The public can also follow Metro Vancouver Regional Parks on Facebook for the latest news.
Metro Vancouver, as part of the Regional Parks 50th anniversary, hopes to draw an additional 250,000 people to its parks, park reserves, greenways and ecological conservancy areas throughout 2017. Regional Parks receive more than 11 million visits per year. Residents are encouraged to celebrate this milestone by discovering a new trail, learning about wildlife or attending one of the many outdoor events taking place. More information about the Regional Parks 50th Anniversary can be found at www.metrovancouver.org