Area C Recreation plan gets re-look

Columbia Shuswap Regional District officials want to enhance recreational opportunities for South Shuswap residents.

CSRD directors voted unanimously at the March 20 board meeting to approve a $50,000 parks and recreation study to be completed by Thompson Rivers University.

“The South Shuswap parks plan was adopted in 2003 and requires an update to provide meaningful direction to staff on which parks projects should be undertaken,” wrote Parks and Recreation team leader Marcin Pachcinski in his report to the board.

Given the parks and recreation plan is more than a decade old, parks staff and members of the Area C Parks Advisory Commission have been working on a list of priorities to guide annual budget considerations.

As well, staff created a parks survey to gauge recreational use and need in the area.

“However, the large population in Area C and its sizeable parks budget means a more comprehensive understanding of current recreational uses and future needs is warranted to ensure parks projects are meeting these needs,” wrote Pachcinski.

Thompson Rivers University staff were chosen to complete the study because of the intimate knowledge they gained of the area’s recreational infrastructure and issues through their work on the SLIPP Recreation Management Plan.

“There is also extra value gained through the use of TRU resources such as students and research staff,” wrote Pachcinski, who noted members of the public will be given the opportunity to provide input on the work plan resulting from the study.

Area E Rural Sicamous director Rhona Martin asked if consideration will be given to winter tourism, an idea that was supported by Area C South Shuswap director Paul Demenok.

North Shuswap director Larry Morgan said he would be watching with interest to see the plan’s applicability to his area.


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