Regional district seeks feedback on future of parks

The district has initiated a consultation process for the creation of a Regional Parks and Trails Master Plan that will guide policies and actions over the next 10 years. Not only is the district seeking feedback on the future of the six existing regional parks – Blackfoot, Montney Centennial, Minaker River, Spencer Tuck, Sundance Lake and Ivor Johnson – but it is also seeking suggestions for future sites.

"To make the best plan, we're surveying people and getting information from them on what they want in their parks and want they don't want, and what they like doing," said Fran Haughian, community services coordinator for the district, who was handing out surveys during the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair on Saturday.

The survey asks 25 questions that range from how often people use the parks, to what types of parks they think are important, to what sort of investments, if any, would people like to see made to enhance regional parks. As an extra incentive to provoke responses, those who fill out the survey are entered for a chance to win an iPod Shuffle.

In an effort to obtain responses from rural residents, Haughian said she will be passing out surveys at the upcoming North Peace Fall Fair in North Pine from Aug. 19-21, the Hudson's Hope Fall Fair on Aug. 27 and the Sweetwater 905 Arts Festival from Sept. 2-4. Displays will also set up all this week at the regional district's office in Dawson Creek at 1981 Alaska Avenue.

The survey is available online at www.prrd.bc.ca.

"There are lots of ways for people to tell us how they want to see the future of Peace River Regional District parks," said Haughian, adding that feedback will be extremely important in determining the budget and resources allocated for maintaining and/or expanding the region's parks.

Along with the survey, the district will also be passing out information about emergency preparedness and invasive weed control in the locations mentioned above.