For your info, here below are some notes from the most recent Birchwood Neighborhood Assoc. meeting, where one item on the agenda was Squalicum Park. I have been the recipient of some emails on this topic from a woman named Wendy. She has some concerns and I think some good ideas for alternatives - ideas I think that are consistent with values around resilience and small, slow, simple solutions that don't require a huge input of resources, money, and energy. Unfortunately, I am hearing that this park plan is pretty much a done deal - since it is specific to a former Greenways funding initiative approved by the voters, and it is a regional park rather than a neighborhood park. At any rate, it is worth reading Wendy's letter - see attachment:
Squalicum Park Phase 3. Scott Rockwell
Scott reported on the public meeting concerning Phase 3 of the Squalicum Park Master Plan. Phase 1 and 2 are finished. Phase 3 will be starting Winter 2014. Phase 3 includes:
At the meeting, there were questions about Park programming. The Master Plan includes large areas for ball fields but some people thought they were not utilized that much. The central hill currently in the Park will be graded to make the new ball field.
Visit the Park Department website for more information on Phase 3.
I would like to request another public hearing regarding the continued planned development of Squalicum Creek Park - Phase 3. I believe that our parks need to be more inclusive and serve many purposes.
Very well said! Thank you.