City of Vernon park ambassador Garry Haas believes local parks add value to Vernon.

City of Vernon park ambassador Garry Haas believes local parks add value to Vernon.

Parks plan engaging

The City of Vernon parks master plan public engagement process is gearing down after involving over 2,500 participants this summer

The City of Vernon parks master plan public engagement process is gearing down after involving over 2,500 participants this summer.

The city took over the management of local parks from RDNO at the beginning of 2014.

The parks master plan is engaging Vernon residents to build a vision for these parks, including the park ambassador program that began in August, and uses local volunteers to monitor parks and trails over different times of the days and weeks.

“Eight volunteers are taking note of everything from usage to cleanliness to how people interact, and making recommendations on how these parks and trails could be improved,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, the City of Vernon’s communications and grants coordinator.

Based on park ambassador Garry Haas’ observations and informal chats with Girouard Park users, Haas has recommended general stream clean-up, installing a picnic table, paving the gravel path through the park, additional fencing and parking lot redesign.

He is pleased with the existing maintenance levels in the park and believes local parks add value to Vernon.

“I wanted to ensure that the future generations are able to enjoy the freedom of parks; to sit and think, watch nature and human kind, play with family and friends and think about their future,” said Haas.

“The changes I suggest, and those in the parks master plan, all need to be done with fiscal responsibility; they could be phased over time and should ensure the parks are maintained in good condition for the future generations.”

For more information on the parks master plan, please contact Cleo Corbett, long range planner, at 250-550-7830 or check out the website: www.vernon.ca/parks.