NDCC Master Plan: Questions & Answers
May 7, 2014
COMMUNITY INPUT GATHERED AT PARKS & REC OPEN HOUSE
Key Questions Addressed at Well-Attended Event
NELSON—The Nelson and District Parks & Rec Open House held in late April was a resounding success. Approximately 180 people participated across the four events held in South Slocan, Balfour and Nelson. As intended, the Open House was an important part of an on-going conversation about the future of parks and recreation in Nelson and area.
Now it's the job of Master Plan Consultant Gary Young to document all the feedback gathered at the Open House. This latest round of community input will guide the final recommendations for the five-year Parks & Rec Master Plan.
Not only was feedback collected at the Open House, so were questions. One of the most popular queries was about the financing of the $4.5M aquatic centre repair. Why borrow the funds over a steep five-year term instead of choosing a more manageable ten-year term?
"Although homeowners will pay an additional $27 annually [on a $400,000 home], it will actually cost much less in the long run," explains Joe Chirico, General Manager of Community Services. "By choosing a shorter term, taxpayers pay $720,000 less overall for the pool repair. We want to be as fiscally responsible as we can."
Another question that surfaced was about the 'Community Recreation Campus' - a progressive approach to developing the city-owned block which houses the aquatic centre, ice arenas, curling club and indoor soccer facility. The Rec Campus would be the community's hub of indoor physical activity and have a campus-like feel.
Visual exhibits depicting a wish list of ideas for the Rec Campus were on display at the Open House and sparked conversation. People wanted to know: is the plan to have a Rec Campus final?
"The Rec Campus concept is a starting point for discussion," says Chirico. "The Commission is looking for input from residents on the best use of our indoor facilities and physical space around the NDCC. Continuing with the status quo is the easy choice but other uses may be better, especially when you consider that recreation use patterns are changing."
Chirico adds, "Generally speaking, communities need to continue investing in recreational facilities to keep them vibrant."
Open House attendees were also curious about what kinds of public investment had been made recently in parks and trails.
The long-awaited skateboard and bike skills park in Rosemont was opened in 2013.
A total of $333,000 has been devoted to the expansion of popular Taghum Beach Park. The park expansion includes the purchase of 8.3 acres bordering the day-use area, more parking, better traffic flow, trail construction and a new viewpoint.
The RDCK will also invest close to $40,000 in a management plan for the new Balfour Beach Park. The acquisition of this piece of land is in keeping with a policy developed a few years ago to keep pieces of foreshore for public use.
Would you like to let the RDCK know how you'd like to see public funds invested? It's not too late. Submit your comments on-line at www.rdck.ca/masterplan or in person at the NDCC until Friday May 16th. You can also review the Parks & Rec Master Plan document on the web page.
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For more information, please contact:
Joe Chirico, General Manager of Community Services
250.354.4386 ext. 5108
The content on this page was last updated May 7 2014 at 4:09 PM