Parks and Recreation
Redesign and rebuild the Parkinson Recreation Centre. This aging public facility is needing to be replaced. This will be an important objective of the next elected Council. I supported the rebuild of the new Senior's Centre at Parkinson during my 2012 term. The goal is to establish a plan to build a new Parkinson Recreation in the next four years.
Okanagan Rail Corridor: I am proud to be part of the group that secured the 49.5 kilometer CN rail line from downtown Kelowna to Cold Stream. This trail has been a priority for this Council. Kelowna has taken the lead in negotiating this agreement. This was a "once in a lifetime" opportunity that had to be advanced. The trail opened in the autumn of 2018.
I have been committed to expanding off-road bicycle pathways for the last 10 years. We completed the rails with trails Phase II in 2014. This will now be added to the 'Rail Trail" linking UBCO to downtown with off-road cycling and walking.
Launch the new Rowcliffe Park at Central Green. (Target 2020)
Establish new playing fields in Glenmore. The work on this park has begun, but It has a long way to go.
Continue to develop a new Greenway along Belleview Creek. This is a long-term initiative.
Expand Public access to the waterfront. Whenever an opportunity arises to secure lakefront for the benefit of the entire community it should be pursued. One such pusuit was the purchase of the new "Bluebird Beach" off lakeshore in 2017. Council grabbed an opportunity to add this valuable asset to the collection of City beaches.