Sechelt, BC – The District of Sechelt operating budget review and public participation continues with the focus now on the Parks Department. The District is gathering input from citizens through a survey, as well as by email and over the phone, on Parks Department services and costs.
The Parks Department manages a wide variety of public spaces including 34 parks, 4 sports fields, and 22 kms of walking and biking trails, natural areas, green spaces and streetscapes. Public access to the waterfronts is available at 50 maintained beach accesses located along the shores of the Salish Sea and the Porpoise Bay.
The department is also responsible for the urban forest and oversees tree issues and the Adopt-a-Tree program, which saw over 500 trees planted since the program’s inception in 2012. The beautification program adds an abundance of colour to the community and sees hundreds of bulbs and annuals complement our perennials, shrubs, trees and hanging baskets.
Parks staff have an instrumental role in supporting events, sports, community associations and volunteer organizations within our community.
The planning process for the 2021 District of Sechelt budget and the 2021 – 2025 Financial Plan begins with a review of the operating budget, new operating requests followed by new capital requests. Citizens are encouraged to participate by reading the information on the District website, taking surveys, and participating in future community meetings. Council will review the operating expenses for each department and capital projects over the course of several Committee of the Whole meetings.
Parks Manager Jayme Anderson stated, “We are proud of our parks and trails. These are part of why Sechelt is such a great place to be. We spend a lot of time maintaining these beautiful spaces, and over the past few years we spent more time picking up garbage, repairing vandalism and taking care of dangerous trees. Additional staff for 2021 would go a long way to help us keep up with the increased workload.”
Mayor Darnelda Siegers stated, “I want to support our staff to continue their great work in our green spaces, which have become even more important now that many of our social activities are moving outdoors. Citizen input helps us make decisions during the budget process.”
Information can be found on the District’s website: sechelt.ca/budget
Questions and suggestions can be sent to email@example.com or by calling 604-885-1986.