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Provincial government should prioritize parks

Last summer, B.C.’s parks were overwhelmed by the huge demand for people to get outside.

Provincial government should prioritize parks

Now that the NDP has a majority government, will it start delivering some of the campaign promises the party made four years ago?

John Horgan promised to expand and improve our provincial parks — to create new campgrounds and trails, increase funding to improve infrastructure and safeguard nature across B.C. Delivering on these promises will have a real impact for those who want to be able to take the children in their lives to parks, creating memories around campfires and lakes.

Last summer, B.C.’s parks were overwhelmed by the huge demand for people to get outside. The government rolled out the day-pass program to alleviate some of the pressure on parks and added a few more temporary staff positions to help repair some of the overused areas. As MLAs get ready to return to the Legislature, I hope that the memories of our parks bursting at the seams this past summer will be fresh as they prepare next year’s priorities.

Our beautiful parks are a year-round refuge for people, and for the animals that live in them. I hope that Premier Horgan won’t leave nature behind as he prepares for his next years to come. Let’s give B.C. a green recovery that prioritizes nature.

Grace Golightly

Duncan

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