Irrigation Lake in Houston. (District of Houston photo)

RDBN to consider next steps after Parks and Outdoor Recreation Study at June 18 meeting

Report to District highlights growing demand for outdoor recreation opportunities in region

The Regional District of Bulkley Nechako (RDBN) is set to consider what comes next after the completion of the initial draft of their Parks and Outdoor Recreation Study at their June 18 meeting.

The report, the result of a 2019 direction by staff to have a consultant give a broad overview into the District’s growing outdoor recreation needs, found a number of trends across the District, including a growing demand for growing recreational opportunities across the RDBN.

It seeks to answer a number of questions, including giving insight into the outdoor recreation needs and demands across the RDBN and how needs and demands vary across the region. Likewise, the report looks at how the RDBN can support the various volunteer clubs across the region without stifling their enthusiasm and autonomy.

READ MORE: RDBN’s Outdoor Recreation survey in its last phase

Conversely, it also looked at the various challenges presented by climate change to outdoor recreation in the region, such as the impacts of the pine beetle and forest fires.

While public feedback was stronger in other regions, it was lacking in Houston (Area G) with only six individuals attending an open house on the subject and just 26 responses to a public survey.

Those who did respond expressed a desire for the establishment of new services, with local clubs expressing support for multi-year funding agreements with the District versus grants.

Staff will present a report to the RDBN at their June 18 with recommendations regarding next steps on the report.

The RDBN will also consider three sample scenarios which were previously presented to the Board, which range from a municipally-contributed model that would focus on Area A with an annual budget of $325,000 and 0.75 full time employees (FTE) to one which looks at region-wide service across the District to the tune of 1.2 FTEs. The $739,000 plan focuses on funding to clubs in the west and grants in the east to account for differences in preferences across the region.



trevor.hewitt@interior-news.com
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Bulkley-Nechako Regional District

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Four air ambulance flights out of Terrace delayed or cancelled

Pandemic precautions caused nighttime closure of service station providing weather data to pilots

Skeena Resources, Tahltan prez excited by purchase of Eskay Creek

Skeena gets full control of mine, Barrick gets 12 per cent of Skeena and a one per cent royalty

VIA Rail lays off 1,000 unionized workers across the country

Northern B.C. route Jasper to Prince George to Prince Rupert is not affected by VIA Rail layoffs

Overall house sales drop in the northwest

COVID-19 pandemic slowed market activity

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

Tree planters get help with COVID-19 protective measures

Ottawa funds extra transportation, sanitizing for crews

Trudeau apologizes for not recusing himself from WE decision

He says his and his family’s longtime involvement with the WE organization should have kept him out of the discussions

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Washington’s NFL team drops ‘Redskins’ name after 87 years

The franchise was given the name back in 1933, when it was still in Boston

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Most Read