Development of Royal Bay in Colwood continues to take shape. A major step in making this a truly seaside community is the opening of a park along the waterfont.

Royal Bay Beachpark will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from dawn to dusk. It’s off Metchosin Road, down the hill from the new Royal Bay Secondary School.

Up the hill on the site of the former gravel pit, construction continues on the multi-phased project that could house as many as 7,000 people when built out over the next 15 to 20 years. Royal Bay Beachpark will open daily some time in the fall, when construction is completed. The park is privately owned, but it’s open to the public.

img_1868This area of the coast has been inaccessible for over 100 years. The completed version of the park will stand for about 10 years as the rest of the community gets built out.

The master plan for Royal Bay spreads across more than 400 acres. Plans call for shops, cafés, rec facilities and more than 100 acres of parkland.

img_1869The plan calls for a variety of housing types, including rental apartments, condominiums, townhouses and family homes of different sizes.

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