Huxley Park - a lot of great ideas

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News Editor

Monday, July 15 2013

Huxley Community Park looks like it could be pretty amazing, if some of the potential ideas put forward at the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Open House this past Saturday were to come to fruition.

One of the best ideas was one RDN Director Howard Houle pointed out: having a ‘fun trail’ completely encircle the park boundary, paved, with bumps and hills purpose-built in to the trail for bicycles, skateboarders and other wheeled devices to enjoy. The same trail would also delineate Huxley Park from the adjacent properties (as there are sometimes when islanders aren’t sure where Folklife Village, Huxley Park and The Commons property lines are)

Upgraded tennis court facilities, improvements to the safety fencing around the ball hockey area and a graded and gravelled parking lot.

There doesn’t seem to be much debate about whether there will be a playground. The debate instead seems to be whether it will be the traditional style of playground, or one which uses natural elements such as rocks, logs and other materials to create a place for children to play. And there might be swings!

Of course it all really depends on what the community feedback is to the RDN while it conducts the public process. Written surveys can be turned in, or islanders can go online and fill out the survey and comment cards at

So far, the future for Huxley Community Park is looking bright.