Moorecroft Regional Park Management Plan
Client Regional District of Nanaimo
Location Nanaimo | British Columbia | Canada
Moorecroft Regional Park is the Regional District of Nanaimo’s most recent park acquisition. Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, the stunning 85-acre, ocean front property requires thoughtful policy and design solutions to preserve its ecological significance and provide quality recreation opportunities to serve local and regional needs. The RDN, in partnership with The Nature Trust of British Columbia and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), contracted O2 to develop and implement the park’s inaugural management plan.
O2 adopted leading public engagement practices to support the development of an ecologically sensitive design, and to inform creative policy solutions. O2 worked closely with a steering committee comprised of Regional District staff, representatives from the Nature Trust of British Columbia and the NCC, elected officials and the Nanoose First Nation to develop and implement a community-based planning process. Through place-based public engagement, O2 identified a vision for the park that is grounded in community values, and responsive to diverse recreation and environmental protection needs.
Thoughtful engagement planning enabled the project team to quickly and efficiently gather and share information about park use and design alternatives. Activities including participatory on-line mapping, detailed stakeholder interviews, public questionnaires, and a series of three open houses were implemented throughout the course of the project, allowing the project team to work consistently with the public in a collaborative manner. This approach helped the plan achieve high levels of community validity, and allowed the project team to work with the community to resolve points of tension and disagreement.