The District of Central Saanich is looking for the public’s input to help design a new Parks and Trails Master Plan.
The current plan in place hasn’t been updated since 1996.
The district said residential opinions are needed to ensure the new plan reflects how the community uses the parks and trails network in Central Saanich, and how locals hope to see them grow and evolve.
The three-phase engagement process will include setting direction, providing feedback on the draft, and finalizing the plan.
As part of the planning process, the district is reviewing existing parks and trails, their natural and physical assets, and the use of these spaces to help identify priorities for improvements and upgrades.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have the amount of green space that we do in Central Saanich, and I look forward to hearing from the public about what could be improved in the future for our parks, trails and beach access,” Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor said in a release.
The plan will also build on the feedback and work completed through the Official Community Plan review, the Active Transportation Plan, the Saanichton Village Design Plan, the Age-Friendly Community Plan, and others.
There will be a number of opportunities, including both in-person and virtual events, as well as meetings with community groups and impacted parties, including engagement with schools and youth, First Nations communities and under-represented groups.
There will be some planned pop-up community engagement sessions at:
- Saanichton Green Park, Friday Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Panorama Recreation Centre, Friday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
- Rom Knott Park, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
- Centennial Park Fieldhouse, Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
There will also be an open house at Central Saanich Cultural Centre on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Project updates, surveys and more will be available at Municipal Hall, other locations in the community and online.