Share your ideas for new Neighbourhood Park on Watkiss Way

The Town of View Royal is planning for a new neighbourhood park on Watkiss Way and wants to hear the neighbourhood’s thoughts about how they would like to see the space designed and used.

The redevelopment of the property at the corner of Watkiss Way and Burnside Road by BC Transit shaped a 1.5-acre linear space along Watkiss Way for the Town to create a new neighbourhood park. Funds are allocated in the 2024 Capital Budget for construction.

Neighbourhood parks are generally small and respond to the open space and recreation needs of local residents. Developing and maintaining opportunities to connect people to nature and recreation through strategic investment and management is vital to maintaining the high quality of life in View Royal.

Location of future Watkiss Way Neighbourhood Park (Blue)

Located in the growing Burnside neighbourhood, the property is near well-serviced Transit routes and the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. A large Capital Regional District water main runs underneath the park and access must be maintained, meaning permanent structures and asphalt cannot be installed. Less “permanent” features like benches, fencing, grass, and community garden plots are possibilities to be explored. 

The Town has heard a desire from residents for more community gardens and off-leash dog areas. Among other uses, community gardens and off-leash dog area are two activities that can be explored for this space. Previous parks consultation highlighted that community gardens are one of the least utilized amenities by residents, however, there are only approximately 50 community garden plots in the Town. Off-leash dog areas are one of the most popular park amenities enjoyed among residents. There are currently five off-leash dog park areas in View Royal, including Thetis Lake Regional Park.

More information is available on the project page:

Public Engagement Opportunities

There are many ways to share your thoughts and ideas for the Watkiss Way Neighbourhood Park. Share your feedback for a chance to win! Everyone who attends an open house and/or completes the online survey can enter to win 1 of 3 $10.00 gift cards to a View Royal coffee shop.

  • Drop-in Open House
    Date: Thursday, November 16, 2023
    Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Location: Eagle View Elementary School Gym, 97 Talcott Rd

  • On-Site Pop-up Event*
    Date: Saturday November 18, 2023
    Time: 10:00am – 12:00 noon
    Location: 2401 Burnside Rd W
    *weather dependant

  • Online Survey
    Complete the online survey by Friday, November 24, 2023.
    Take the Survey