This photograph was shot during the inauguration of the Vanderhoof Skateboard Park held Aug. 7, 2019. (Aman Parhar photo)

Give your input for parks and recreation needs in our communities

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is doing an online survey that ends on Nov. 18

There is a survey underway in the regional district to understand the parks and recreation needs and opportunities in our communities.

“The Regional District looks forward to understanding the demand for recreation services in the rural area, and how services can be better supported, improved and funded in the most effective manner possible,” said Gerry Thiessen, chair of the RDBN board in an Oct. 28 news release.

At this time, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) does not formally provide parks and outdoor recreation service in rural areas.

They do however support non-profit societies that operate recreation assets in the region.

The survey, which can be accessed online at is a response to increased public demand for outdoor recreation opportunities and challenges faced by volunteer groups to upkeep existing parks, trails, campsites, boat ramps and other outdoor amenities, as stated on the RDBN website.

You can provide your input until Nov. 18, 2019.

A consulting team has been hired to complete the Parks and Outdoor Recreation Services Study, who will provide the RDBN with recommendations on how to meet rural park and outdoor recreation needs.

They are also going to provide a delivery model to inform future decisions.

Lastly, key findings from the survey and interviews with volunteer recreation organizations will be shared through a series of public open house sessions in late January and early February 2020, as per the news release.

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

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