For the first time in more than 100-years, Royal Bay has opened up its shoreline as West Shore’s newest park. The Royal Bay Beachpark opening, on September 10, brought more than 1,000 neighbours and visitors to Colwood’s shores. The newly constructed 10-acre park, which includes two Olympic-sized sand volleyball courts, a children’s playground, access to the public beach and parking, is now open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.
“The Beachpark is important because it provides residents and other community members the opportunity to experience this spectacular area,” said Russell Tibbles, President, Royal Bay. “It’s great to see people getting out on the water.”
The opening event, which included food trucks, face painting, live music, free water sports, and activities for kids, kicked off use of the park on the weekends in the fall while construction continued during the week. Since then local residents have been looking forward to having full access to the park throughout the week.
Along the park’s beachfront is a natural launch area for kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) users, not to mention access for four-legged friends. In time, the park will have a SUP shack, where park visitors can rent gear, go out on tours, take lessons, and enjoy the shoreline from the water.
Over time the Royal Bay Beachpark will evolve as development along the waterfront progresses. Since opening, we have been thrilled to see so many people enjoying our park and have been loving all the pictures shared over social media!