Parksville Gets an Outdoor GreenGym

Thanks to our seemingly tireless Parksville Lions Club and a $65,597 contribution from the federal government we can look forward to the installation of an outdoor GreenGym to be located beside the Lions Club’s very popular Ventureland Playground in Community Park.

The GreenGym will consist of nine pieces of equipment – will include 14 stations and provide 56 different exercises. Although it is a “seniors fitness” package, it will be suitable for all ages.

“Parksville Community Park borders on one of the most beautiful warm water beaches in the world. It is not only a big attraction for local residents but a big drawing card for the tourist population.

MP James Lunney attended the Park on Monday where he made the announcement. “…this will contribute to the quality of life for residents and tourists alike, while creating expanded economic opportunity for years to come”.

Installation will take place in  April or May, as soon as weather allows.

VIREB News February Sales Stats

March 1st, 2013
Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) sales summary data for February released by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) shows housing sales activity across Vancouver Island was down 14 percent compared to last year, while average sale prices dipped six percent. The average price of a single family home sold within the VIREB region in February was $313,932, down from the February 2012 average price of $334,328. The number of housing units reported sold last month were down compared to a year ago. In February 2012 there were 267 single family homes sold, in comparison 229 unit sales were recorded in February 2013.
Sales activity remains fairly low due to hesitancy on the part of buyers and sellers. “We expect to see an increase in sales activity in the coming months, a trend likely to continue throughout the year. A home purchase has always been a long term investment so you shouldn’t be basing your buying or selling decision strictly on a short term strategy,” explained VIREB President Gary Gray.
As of the end of February 2013 there were 2,308 single family homes available on the Multiple Listing Service® within VIREB’s coverage area, down approximately four percent from the 2,437 homes in the system at the end of February 2012.