MAPLE RIDGE – New Democrat MLAs Lisa Beare and Bob D’Eith say people in the Maple Ridge area will benefit from new improvements that will make it easier and more enjoyable to explore the outdoors at Golden Ears Provincial Park.
“Whether you’re meeting friends for a picnic or checking out Alouette Lake, Golden Ears is a true gem right in our backyard” said Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. “It’s great to see people getting out and taking advantage of what B.C. has to offer, and our government knows that funding like this makes it even easier for locals and tourists to enjoy our parks.”
The planning to expand parking at Golden Ears Provincial Park is currently underway. Following the busiest season ever for BC Parks, the BC New Democrat government is investing $21.5 million over the next three years to expand and enhance opportunities for outdoor recreation, including new campsites, trails and upgrades to facilities at several parks. The Province is consulting with First Nations governments and conducting environmental and archaeological assessments prior to moving forward with the projects.
“With more visitors than ever in B.C. Parks this year, these accessibility upgrades and expansions are a welcome investment,” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission. “Soon, thanks to this parking lot expansion, even more people will be able to comfortably camp, swim, hike and explore at Golden Ears Provincial Park.”
The investment is part of an $83 million budget increase to BC Parks which will strengthen management of the park system and provide a more enjoyable experience for people. In addition to this proposed project at Golden Ears, new funding is also being invested in all regions of the province to acquire new land, add more campsites and improve high-use trails.
During the last four years, more than 1,500 campsites have been added to provincial parks and recreation sites in high demand areas. 500 of those sites have been in the Lower Mainland area including Cultus Lake, Golden Ears, Chilliwack Lake, Stawamus Chief and Garibaldi. New campsite developments incorporate accessible design standards, wherever possible, so people living with disabilities can enjoy outdoor activities with no barriers.