White Rock wants feedback on capital projects

Attendees of the Nov. 7 forum peruse display boards detailing capital projects being considered in White Rock. - Contributed photo
Attendees of the Nov. 7 forum peruse display boards detailing capital projects being considered in White Rock.
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Residents who have something to say about capital projects that are being considered for White Rock are encouraged to get their opinion in.

Financial services director Sandra Kurylo said such feedback is analyzed to help city officials determine priorities moving forward.

Seven such projects were outlined at a community forum held Nov. 7 at the White Rock Community Centre: improvements to Johnston Road from Thrift Avenue to North Bluff Road; extension of the promenade to Coldicutt Ravine; a children’s playground; development of linear parks; underground wiring for Marine Drive; improved vegetation play for the Hump; and redevelopment of Maccaud Park.

Respondents were asked to rank the initiatives by priority; identify which ones they do not support, if any; what work along Johnston Road should be done (eight projects are listed); which waterfront location they prefer for a playground; and to rank potential locations for ‘linear parks’ – walkways linking city-owned road-ends between the town centre and the waterfront (five are named).

Kurylo said 50 people came to the Nov. 7 forum, a turnout she said resulted in “great discussion, a lot of comments, a lot of questions.”

Results of that feedback are to be shared in a report to council on Nov. 26.

Kurylo noted the seven projects identified are not the only ones the city will have to consider in drafting the next financial plan.

“These are specific kind of ideas, bigger-picture ideas,” she said.

They may benefit specific properties, she said, and there may be other funding options available, such as grants.

For example, with the playground, funds are being raised by White Rock firefighters; and, if underground wiring is installed along Marine Drive, cost-sharing would be explored.

Kurylo noted that some of the the projects are “very long-term.”

“It really depends on the scope of the year, how it’s going to be focused and what else has to be done,” she said.

The community forum was the third this year. Others have been held regarding the arts and the waterfront.

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