While most Coldstream residents are satisfied with their present park system, a majority say new park space, including waterfront is needed.
These, and other responses from a recent survey will help shape the future of Coldstream through its parks master plan, which is currently in draft form.
At the end of September a community survey regarding the parks master plan was circulated to all households in Coldstream as an insert in the quarterly utility invoice. Respondents were given up to Oct. 23 to complete and return the survey to the municipal office.
“The survey results, a total of 264, have been compiled with interesting results,” reads the report, put together by Recresynthesis Consulting Ltd. and Outland Design Landscape Architecture.
When asked how they would rate the current park facilities, 27 per cent replied great, 46 said OK, 17 per cent say it needs help, seven per cent said it was poor and three per cent don’t know.
Meanwhile a number of residents are utilizing the existing spaces: 33 per cent once/week, 19 per cent once/month, 21 per cent more and 27 per cent less.
“Walking, relaxation and lake access are main reasons for park use,” reads the report.
The majority of residents either walk or drive to local parks.
“Although parks are close at hand for most, the use of vehicles to access remains high,” reads the report.
A majority of residents say the district should definitely acquire new parkland (58 per cent) while 34 per cent say, ‘no, we’re OK now,’ and eight per cent say ‘suppose so.’
A majority (63 per cent) also say new waterfront property should be acquired, while 28 per cent say no and nine per cent suppose so.
Usable park space in all neighbourhoods is also a high priority (70 per cent).
Areas that preserve the natural ecosystems and promote environmental awareness should also be incorporated, according to 90 per cent of respondents.
The same percentage agreed that parks and open spaces in the District of Coldstream should enhance the character of the community and promote the District as a destination for residents and visitors alike.
The report also includes several recommendations, including consolidation of all Kalavista Park properties with removal of the log cabin and ancillary buildings to be replaced with a covered multi-use pagoda structure. Develop a pedestrian pathway from Kalavista parking lot through consolidated properties to the Kalavista Boat Launch area.
Consolidation of Jestef Parkland with Middleton Mountain Park.
A decision on the future use of Aberdeen Park, although a covenant currently exists on the site.
“If a gymnastics centre were to proceed, with proper design, the site could be multi-faceted in housing park space to meet local needs as well,” reads the report.
It is also recommended that the district investigate viable options to replace the Women’s Institute Hall with a community facility that would augment Cenotaph Park and assist in creating a vibrant town centre core.