Distance Walked: 9.2 km (total return distance from our home)
Central Park & Area Loop: 5.2 km (as shown)
Walking Time: 2 hrs
Rating: Very Easy
This is a walk that Richard and I have done (with minor variations) literally hundreds of times. During the first three months of COVID sheltering, we walked this route every single morning. The views never get old. Today, I recorded our path via Alltrails. Don’t you love how it looks like we were walking on water? I adore low-tide!
As we frequently do, this morning we packed our coffees and breakfast sandwiches to enjoy on the beach. As soon as we hit the boardwalk, we were able to walk quite close to an eagle (cover photo) as he calmly surveyed his domain. He did not seem to be remotely bothered by our proximity.
You’d think that Parksville was named for all of its beautiful parks and greenspaces. Although Parksville has more than its fair share of the latter, it was actually named for Nelson Parks. Nelson had a small shack near what is now known as Community Park. At a social gathering at his home, seeing most townfolks present, he commented that the settlement should be called “Parksville.” The name stuck.
Parksville Community Park and Boardwalk:
Established in 1963, Community Park is a central gathering spot for activities, events and festivals. It attracks children, adults, locals and tourists alike. In 2010, a 445-meter accessible boardwalk was added to the 39 acres of this site. The boardwalk is well used by dog-walkers, joggers, families, cyclists, those out for a casual stroll and ocean-lovers of all types.
Community Park houses a playground, splash park, sports field, ball diamonds, tennis courts, lacrosse box, eight horseshoe pits, a kite field, a picnic shelter, a skateboard park, two tennis courts, several large sand volleyball courts and a labyrinth. It also has an arboretum with over 80 different kinds of trees from around the world.
I’ve been trying to put into words what I love most about this particular walking route. Not feeling overly articulate this morning, I will turn the question over to you. What’ s not to love?!