Among the list of 13 projects and programs to work on in 2022, Delta’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission is looking to complete two off-leash dog enclosures, while designing and consulting for additional sites.
The two off-leash areas are slotted for Pebble Hill Park and Paterson Park.
“We are planning to bring forward the second round of consultation around the enclosed dog off-leash area [at Pebble Hill Park] at the end of this month, based off a redesign that staff have done following feedback provided to staff in the first round of engagement last spring,” said Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Carmen Gonzalez to council at the Feb. 7 meeting.
There, council approved the Commission’s 2022 work plan, which also includes working with staff and stakeholders to develop a Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategic Plan.
“The Plan will help set priorities, focus energies and resources, strengthen operations and ensure that common goals and objectives are achieved,” reads the report from Commissioner Don Sangster.
Some other items on their 2022 to-do list are replacing the washrooms at Ladner Lions Park, hosting pop-up parks in North and South Delta, completing the Ladner Outdoor Multi-Sport Court Cover, and offering special events when sanctioned to proceed.
“It’s an amazing amount of work that we’ve got going on in 2022, and we’re very proud of the work that staff are doing in consultation with the commission and appropriate community members. So, great work and thank you,” said Mayor George Harvie.
“There are a lot of people who’ve put in many, many years of service to the community on the Parks and Recreation Commission, but their enthusiasm hasn’t changed at all. They’re a really good group of people – very knowledgeable about almost every aspect of parks and recreation activities,” added Coun. Bruce McDonald.
The Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission is chaired by Sangster, vice-chaired by McDonald, and also has Coun. Jeannie Kanakos as a voting member. It is made up of 10 community members, but they will be looking to hire a consultant to lead the strategic plan process.
“The Commission work plan includes many ongoing items that support the Parks, Recreation and Culture department’s core services and daily operations. New initiatives and projects will continue to be delivered in a timely, prudent and responsible manner,” reads the report.