Nelson & District Rec Master Plan OPEN HOUSE

Open for discussion—



NELSON— Reflecting the wishes of residents in the community—that’s the ultimate goal of the Nelson and District Parks & Recreation Master Plan. To that end, the Master Plan Open House is the beginning of an ongoing conversation.

The Open House is an interactive forum to share current plans and to listen to residents' comments and priorities. The RDCK and the Nelson & District Recreation Commission want to find out what types of changes residents would like to see in parks and recreation.

“It's important that the community come out and participate in the Master Plan Open House sessions,” says Ramona Faust, Chair of the Nelson & District Recreation Commission. “The Master Plan for Parks and Recreation will chart the future of recreation in Nelson and the region from Salmo to South Slocan and through to Queens Bay.”

The five-year Master Plan has been built on community input from the start. The Master Plan addresses the future of parks, trails, indoor recreational facilities and recreational programming in Nelson and Electoral Areas E, F, G and H.

Master Plan Designer Gary Young's first step was surveying households in the community. The feedback Mr. Young collected—through extensive focus group meetings and telephone surveys, is the foundation of the plan's 34 recommendations.

All recommendations in the Master Plan can be changed, with the exception of the essential repairs to the aquatic centre.  Community feedback will guide future plans for parks and recreation in the RDCK. Fulfilling the most common and popular suggestions that represent the majority of residents are the top priority.

Recommendations in the plan range from improving sports fields, designing programs that specifically target 'tweens', creating additional child-minding options at the Nelson & District Community Complex, and enhancing cycliny and walking trails.

"The new Parks & Rec Master Plan can set us on a path for a more coordinated approach to our parks and recreational facilities in Nelson and area,” says Nelson Mayor John Dooley. “The plan identifies a very exciting concept - a Recreation Campus on the grounds of the Nelson and District Community Complex.”

The 'Community Recreation Campus' is a long term vision that builds on and connects all the existing indoor recreational facilities located in Nelson. The Rec Campus would be the hub of indoor physical activity and have a campus-like feel. The campus concept is one of the key topics the RDCK is seeking input on at the Master Plan Open House.

The Open House is a light and interactive event. Large, colourful displays will pique people's interest, generate conversation and help residents visualize the future possibilities of recreation in the RDCK. There will be lots of one-on-one discussion, Q & A with the designers of the plan and a brief presentation.

Drop in for sweet and savoury finger food and valuable door prizes!

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OPEN HOUSE Dates, Times & Locations:

MON, APRIL 28           5 - 7PM
Nelson & District Community Complex
Arena Concourse

TUES, APRIL 29            9:30 - 11:30AM
Seniors Citizens Association
717 Vernon Street, Nelson

TUES, APRIL 29            7 - 9PM
Balfour Hall

WED, APRIL 30            6 - 8PM
Mount Sentinel Secondary School


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 April 17 2014 at 4:13 PM