Anew curling rink, more artificial turf, a renovated Landing Sports Centre and the elimination of the Rotary Pool might all be on the 10-year horizon in Chilliwack.
These are just a few of the short-, medium-and long-term suggestions in the city's Parks, Recreation and Culture Department's strategic master plan, which is currently available for public input.
The future of Evergreen Hall and the Rotary Pool will be of particular interest to those who use those facilities.
The draft consultant's report suggests the eventual elimination of the latter and the replacement of the former, although not any time soon.
"There is no reason to believe that the demise of Evergreen Hall is imminent, so there is no urgency to this recommendation," the report states. "But it would be prudent to have a long-term tactical plan for what will happen when it no longer is able to serve the community in its current capacity.
"As for the Rotary Pool, declining use and increasing difficulties with upkeep led to the suggestion that it
be eliminated and possibly replaced with a neighbourhood spray park.
The consultant conceded this may not be popular.
"[I]t is never easy to take something away from a neighbourhood that it has enjoyed for decades."
Another major suggestion for the long-term (2018 to 2023) is for the creation of a southside sports complex similar to Townsend Park. This is not urgently needed, according to the plan's authors, but land is limited, so the suggestion is to secure land "as soon as reasonably possible."
Other highlights of the master plan's recommendations over various timelines include: a new curling rink in the next 10 years; more artificial turf; and a fourdiamond slo-pitch complex.
A survey was conducted as part of the research in this report, which found that 47 per cent thought yes, there is a need for new and improved spaces. But 52 per cent said no. Most dominant as a suggestion among those who said "yes" was a need for more arts and culture facilities and trails.
The city is still after public input in preparing the final master plan. Residents who look at the report are also asked to answer a three-question survey: what needs to be added, removed or changed in the draft plan?.
To view the draft report and to answer the survey visit www.chilliwack.com, look under the news link and select Strategic Master Plan.
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