City Releases Draft Parks Strategy
The draft report, can be accessed by clicking here.,
The 90 page strategy was developed to come up with a plan to effectively address the growing number of parks in the City and the gaps in services. According to the report, “The quality of parks can be improved if the existing inventory is reduced, services are realigned or additional resources are added. ”
In comparison with Kamloops and Lethbridge, Prince George has the largest inventory of maintained parkland per 1,000 residents (10.6 hectares per 1,000) and the lowest annual budget for park construction and upgrades at $8,614 per 1,000 residents.
As part of the information gathering for this strategy, 109 parks were assessed as were neighbourhoods for their park access.
Residents indicated they would like to see more “District Parks” such as the one at Duchess Park. Here are the recommendations for District Parks:
- East District – Pursue a toddler playground and skate/bike park at Blackburn Park to meet community demands.
- East Bowl District – Re-invest in Ron Brent Park with proceeds from the land sale and pursue enhancements to existing destination parks and schools in the East Bowl.
- Hart/North Nechako District – Pursue improvements to Corporal Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park, repurpose Heather Road Park as a Dog Park and pursue the future acquisition of the Austin Road former school.
- West District – Pursue the acquisition and development of a District Park at Kode Pit along with future District Parkland within University Heights.
- West Bowl District – Pursue improvements at other destination parks, such as Exhibition Park and Rainbow Park, as well as at schools to alleviate the District Park deficiency.
The strategy also recommends the complete removal of about 30 playgrounds in the City as they are either under utilized, or the equipment is in need of replacement. The particular playgrounds in question represent surplus playgrounds in heavy density areas.
The report outlines that acquiring riverfront lands for the development of riverfront parks and trails has been ranked as a medium to high priority.
Residents have until November 16th to submit their feedback on the strategy. The final report will be presented to Council early in the new year.