A Regional Parks Plan for the Lower Mainland Region is created to meet the outdoor recreation needs of Lower Mainland residents (Population = 1 million)
50 Year History of Regional Parks - Part 1: Land for Leisure
The Vancouver-Fraser Park District is formed to carry out the plan. Its priority: acquire land "while it is available and before prices rise too much"
The first regional parks open to the public
The fish hatchery is built at Capilano River Regional Park
Regional Parks become part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. "Parks are the region’s breathing spaces."
Derby Reach Regional Park (Langley) is opened to the public.
Burnaby Lake Regional Park (Burnaby) is established. Regional Parks begins offering nature education programs
Seven more regional parks are opened:
50 Year History of Regional Parks: Part 2 - Lions, Tigers & Bears
Development pressure raises public interest in conserving large, undyked Fraser River floodplains, leading to the acquisition of land in 1995 for a future park.
Iona Beach Regional Park is established (Richmond)
Lynn Headwaters Regional park becomes largest regional park in the system at 3,700 hectares.
Five more regional parks and one regional park reserve added to the system:
Fraser Islands Regional Park Reserve (Richmond/Burnaby)
Minnekhada Regional Park hosts a study to minimize impacts on its resident bats, especially a colony of Townsend’s big-eared-bats, a species-at-risk.
Blaney Bog Regional Park Reserve is established (Maple Ridge)
50 Year History of Regional Parks: Part 3 - Protect & Connect
Thwaytes Landing Regional Park (North Vancouver) is established with a goal of maintaining the biodiversity of BC’s southernmost fjord. & Brunette-Fraser Regional Greenway (Burnaby / New Westminster) is opened to the public.
Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area (Delta) & Codd Wetland Ecological Conservancy Area (Maple Ridge)
As development in the region increases and greenspace decreases, there is an emphasis on conservation and sustainability.
Pitt River Regional Greenway (Pitt Meadows) & North Alouette Regional Greenway (Maple Ridge)
Delta South Surrey Regional Greenway (Delta / Surrey)
Seymour River Regional Greenway (North Vancouver) & Sumas Mountain Interregional Park (Abbotsford)
Enhancement project at Campbell Valley Regional Park supports wetland and pollinator meadow habitat.
Regional Parks Plan updated
Goal 1: Protect important natural areas to contribute to the liveability of the region and enhance connections with other parks or natural areas.
Goal 2: Within the context of natural area protection, provide opportunities for people to connect with, enjoy, be active and learn about the environment.
Surrey Bend Regional Park is established (Surrey)