Feedback collected during the Assessing Phase will be used to create and evaluate options
Whistler is one step closer to developing its new Parks Master Plan. The plan builds off the Parks Vision plan from 1996.
This week staff at the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) presented an update on the Parks Master Plan which looks at the future of Whistler’s parks. The OUTSIDE VOICE public engagement component is a key part in developing the plan.
What has been done so far
The first phase of the three phase OUTSIDE VOICE process wrapped up in January.
Known as the Assessing Phase, work focused on what we have today and creating an inventory. Feedback form the community was collected at an Open House held in December, with almost 100 people attending. A survey was also issued, with more than 200 responses.
Other actions taken during the Assessing Phase included: developing base mapping, major parks asset inventory and conditions assessment, neighbourhood parks and natural areas inventory, staff workshops, and Recreation and Leisure Advisory Committee review.
“Our parks are incredibly valuable to our community,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “The OUTSIDE VOICE conversation is a generational opportunity to make decisions that will shape Whistler’s parks and maintain them as vibrant spaces well into the future. Please continue to provide input into this process and to the delivery of a robust Parks Master Plan.”
What was found
The overall condition of the assets in nine of Whistler’s major resort parks is generally high. However, there were several higher cost elements that are in poor condition, including drainage and irrigation systems (particularly at Rainbow Park and Meadow Park) and the water spray park at Meadow Park. The total value of park assets in the nine municipal major resort parks studied is estimated at over $15 million.
In Whistler’s 13 neighbourhood parks and 13 natural area parks there are also opportunities for maintenance, updated signage, protection of natural spaces and improved park furnishings.
Key issues identified at the open house and in the survey related to dogs, enforcement, capacity and parking. Park by park detailed feedback will be integrated where possible.
What is happening next
Staff is now turning its attention to the second phase of the process – the Imagining Phase – to put ideas together to create and evaluate options. Conceptual designs for high priority park areas will be developed as well as a prioritization and timeline matrix.
During the Imagining Phase, programming options will be assessed to better understand the possibility of reallocating, relocating, adding or deleting park elements. This will be completed on a park-by-park basis but in the context of the entire system.
The Imaging Phase will take place between now and the summer. Listening to the community is a key element at each stage of the process, and community engagement opportunities will be announced in the coming months.
The last phase of the process – the Designing Phase – will take place between the summer and the fall and see detailed designs and costing development to move plans into action.
To learn more about the process to develop the Parks Master Plan, visit whistler.ca/outsidevoice