You may have noticed parks and trails are a lot busier than they were a couple of years ago. It’s no wonder, given how people have sought out parks since the pandemic to stay active, maintain their physical and mental health, and spend quality time with family and friends. Many new Regional Park visitors have turned into regular users, increasing visitation 30 percent districtwide.
Understandably, with so many visitors in the parks, conflicts can arise between users, resulting in safety challenges and unpleasant experiences on the trails. While these conflicts are rare, even one is too many. One easy thing we can all do to help prevent conflicts is to slow down and say hello to each other on the trails. Respectfulness and kindness toward our fellow park visitors can go a long way.
Whether you walk, ride or roll, we are all visiting Regional Parks for the same reason, to experience nature and spend time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. So, the next time you are in the parks and on the trails, make sure you go slow and say hello to your fellow visitors to help ensure everyone can enjoy the parks!