PLAY Oceanside aims to identify opportunities within the region with a focus on increasing involvement for those with financial constraints which currently prohibit participation in sport and recreation activities.

We aim to implement an asset mapping process to explore strengths and gaps in facilities and services. We’ll develop integrated strategies that address the above needs and set up a process for collaboration around community / regional planners, developers and other stakeholders to ensure adequate and universal access to parks, playgrounds, schools and trails.

Our goal is to take a regional leadership approach to bring the concept of being a ‘Physically Literate Community’ to life.

A joint communications strategy supported by each stakeholder to educate public on the importance of active community design. We want to develop a strategy for sustainability to take the movement through years 2 & 3 especially for inclusion programs and establish a series of family friendly activities showcasing Physical Literacy concepts as they apply to marginalized groups.

We’d also like to train and develop community ‘experts’ through Physical Literacy Instructors training and certification to address community needs. We aim to inspire and activate community leadership and general public by hosting workshops and presentations, an research and identify best practices from other communities i.e. PLAY Cowichan that address inclusion and community design challenges.

Start date

March 2018

Project reach

  • City of Parksville
  • Town of Qualicum Beach
  • Nanoose Bay
  • Coombs
  • Errington
  • French Creek
  • Bowser
  • Deep Bay
  • Qualicum Bay

Lead organization

Regional District of Nanaimo

Community stakeholders

  • Pacific Sport Vancouver Island
  • School District 69
  • Island Health
  • Parksville Golden Oldies Association
  • Regional District of Nanaimo
  • Town of Qualicum Beach
Sectors represented

For more information about PLAY Oceanside, contact Hannah King at