Parks under review
They have been checking out dozens of public washrooms and more than 100 West Vancouver parks.
It’s a busy time for the district’s Parks Master Plan Working Group, co-chair Lori Williams said. The group, comprised of West Van residents with various expertise in parks and planning, has been meeting since last summer. Its goal is to create a district policy that will set the direction for management, protection, enhancement and community engagement in the municipality’s parks.
“The task set for the working group is vast in scope,” Williams said, noting the plan must also address the reality of decaying and insufficient infrastructure.
In January, the group met with 15 parks and environment stewardship groups as part of the public consultation process.
The meeting demonstrated the diversity of issues facing West Van’s green space, co-chair Rebecca Buchanan said. The meeting brought attention to everything from trail maintenance and park staffing to dogs and park uses.
The working group is also examining revenue opportunities for parks, such as hosting events and weddings, said Andrew Banks, the senior manager of parks. A less popular way of generating income is paid parking, he noted, something the group will also study.
The working group will be aided by third-party expertise to host public consultation forums. The group will update the district on its progress again prior to council’s summer break.
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