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Sechelt seeks opinions on parks

Sechelt seeks opinions on parks

Fifteen hundred random property owners in Sechelt will soon receive a survey on municipal parks in their mailboxes, as the District of Sechelt continues a public consultation for its new Parks Master Plan.

District of Sechelt staff kicked the process off by meeting with community associations and holding an open house in November. They also launched an online survey, which closed Dec. 7. The survey received 72 responses which is being used to help design a second, statistically valid questionnaire to be sent out in the post.

Sechelt Planner Aaron Thompson, reporting to Council on Dec. 20, said that respondents had expressed a high level of satisfaction with parks, but he noted that staff have not seen many responses from young people.

“That in itself is an issue because we haven’t heard much about sports fields and playing fields. We’re hearing a lot about trails and natural parks,” said Thompson. He expressed hopes that the paper survey would draw responses from a wider demographic.

The survey will be mailed out in mid-January, with a deadline of mid-February for responses to be returned. After results are analyzed, the consultants (Lanarc Consulting) will present draft recommendations to Sechelt council.

The last Parks Master Plan was completed in 2006. The District invites the public to review that plan and submit comments on priorities for parks and recreational spaces over the next 10 years.

Donna McMahon

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