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Park Feedback Results

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 1:21 PM

Prince George, B.C.- The  public input  on Prince George’s parks indicates that of those who responded, most believe the City needs to improve its parks.

The public engagement sessions held at 6 different locations  saw nearly  500 residents provide feedback,  a further 267  filled out the online survey.

Highlights of the results show:

  • 80% of residents surveyed agreed that the City generally needs to improve its parks.
  • More than half of respondents indicated  there needs to be additional maintenance to park infrastructure such as playground equipment, washrooms, trails, and flower beds
  • 66% agreed with the potential priorities identified for the parks in their community.
  • 61% felt that the Park Strategy consultation process had improved their understanding of issues relating to Prince George parks.
  • The top themes among surveyed residents included a focus on riverfront parks and trails, improvements for neighbourhood parks, and a desire for a connected city-wide trail system.

The information gathered will be used to develop a strategy to guide the City’s park investment priorities.

Prince George has 124 parks which cover a combined total  area of 19 square kilometers.

A draft Park Strategy  will be developed over the summer and  presented to residents during the Talktober neighbourhood conversations in October.  The final Park Strategy will go to City Council in early 2017.


I think they should rename Fort George Park to Fort George Park.

The City trail system is one of the mostly widely used and least funded of all the recreational facilities in PG. If the City would allocate even minimal funds for regular maintenance and upgrades then there wouldn’t be continual degradation. I rode my bike on the river trail between the Cameron Street bridge and the boat launch a while ago and it was a beautiful area to see, but the trail is falling apart.

Nechako Rotary built most of that trail many years ago on the condition the City would maintain it. It was a bold plan at the time. I believe the Nechako Rotary put something like $150,000 into the project, but it was quite a while ago, so my aging memory might be tricking me. For the next several years there were zero funds budgeted to it and the garbage bins were constantly overflowing with no regular scheduled pick up.

Even though the city fell down on the maintenance, the infra structure was identified and protected so that the trail system could be developed over time. The trail system remains a valuable asset which can be improved over time as usage increases. We need to remind our City Council that the trails are important and very inexpensive (when compared to other recreational facilities). They are used by a broad demographic and a variety of user groups. They should be recognized as one of Prince George’s premier recreational assets. The City of Kamloops has done a fine job with their river trail system and PG could do the same.

Would like to see an improved trail system for all the active people in PG. A trail system that doesn’t involve going through The Hood, through dark underpasses, or anywhere near the old First Liter Pub.

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