VLA Gathers for Neighbourhood Celebration
Prince George, B.C. – Hundreds of VLA residents have come together for a community parade and barbecue today.
The third annual VLA Community Parade and Family BBQ and Fun Day continues until 2:30 this afternoon at Milburn Park.
The event was made possible through a partnership between the VLA Enhancement Association and RCMP Community Policing.
Today’s event also brought out RCMP and Prince George Fire Rescue members, MLA Shirley Bond and several members of Prince George City Council.
“It’s wonderful,” says VLA Enhancement Association director Lee Stewart. “It’s everybody working together. This is a great community. Again, we’ve had issues but we’re working on those, everyone does. But 99.9% of the people here are great.”
“The goal of today is really building communities in a neighbourhood that is somewhat challenged but has some terrific people,” adds community policing coordinator Linda Parker. “It’s really about building communities and relationships.”
Councillor Murry Krause says building community pays off in the long run.
“Research shows that, whether it’s an affluent neighbourhood or not, it makes a difference.”
Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall says council’s participation today is a good example of their commitment to the neighbourhood.
“Absolutely. And let’s back the calendar up a bit when we did that work in Lombardy Trailer Park. The remedial action we did there as a council,” he says.
“We sent a message that we wanted to clean up not just that area, but the entire community. I think that remedial action at the Lombardy Trailer Park was a real message for this neighbourhood.”