Lumby park under review

Staff at the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee directed to consider short-term upgrades to Cedar Ridge Park

Some enhancements could ultimately occur at a Lumby park.

Staff at the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee have been directed to consider short-term upgrades to Cedar Ridge Park.

“There could be improvements to play features and there is interest in continuing to exercise dogs in the park,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.

Other possible options are picnic tables and benches.

“If we have equipment sitting in storage, we will look to do that and there are no budget implications for 2015,” said Nelson.

A review of Cedar Ridge Park comes after a survey asked residents what they would like there.

“We were somewhat disappointed with the turnout. There were 15 responses out of 91,” said Rick Fairbairn, chairperson.

Staff will also put together costs for a long-term concept plan and this item will be considered as part of WVPRCAC’s 2016 budget process.

If major changes are possible for the park, there will be public consultation.

“Because of the low survey response, we don’t want to consider that the final say,” said Nelson.

Museum seeks funding

The Lumby Museum wants to ensure the integrity of its artifacts.

The White Valley, Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee will write a letter of support for the museum, which wants to install a concrete floor in the outdoor exhibit area.

“They will apply for a senior government grant,” said Rick Fairbairn, WVPRCAC chairperson.

More time for grants

Lumby and Cherryville groups seeking assistance will have more time.

The White Valley, Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee will add a second intake for grant applications to help cover fees for facilities.

“Some organizations don’t have time to meet the September deadline,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.

Beyond the existing Sept. 30 deadline, grant applications can also be submitted by April 30.