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Solport Park – Public Engagement Results

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Solport Park was transferred to the Village as part of Phase 7 of the Coal Valley Estates subdivision.

In October 2020, the Village sought input from the community on their ideas for Solport Park. Planning staff developed an on-line survey that was posted on the Village’s website, mailed a notice to surrounding neighbourhoods, and hosted two pop-up events in the form of an information table, on October 14 and 15, at the entrance to the Park.

The input received from the public points to the following preferences and priorities for park improvements:

  • Improvements to the trail network,
  • Putting in park amenities; and
  • Forest management.

Requested improvements to the trail system include a multi-use pathway connection, an accessible trail that connects the Penrith Avenue extension, and a loop trail in the upper area of the park.

Infrastructure for small children was identified as a key priority for park amenities. Common suggestions included a natural playground, a pump track and swing set. Smaller item requests considered the provision of doggy bags, a dog waste bin and a garbage can.

Forest management within the park was also requested as a means of fostering and protecting the health of the forest into the future.

Details on the input provided by the community, including the results of the public survey are available within the Public Engagement Summary for Solport Park Improvements.

Next Steps

Forest management and fire abatement works will be conducted within Solport Park beginning on the week of May 24, 2022. This work will continue intermittently through the summer, dependent on active wildfire and weather conditions.

The Solport Park Forest Management and Fire Abatement project will be undertaken by the BC Wildfire service and will consist of crews using chainsaws and a chipper to selectively remove dead, dying, and overcrowded trees from the park.

Trail closures through Solport Park will be in effect during active works and signs will be posted to inform residents. Trail users are encouraged to use the Westwood and Egremont connectors off Solport Street as a detour during these times.

Trail improvements within the park will be completed following the forest management works.

A detailed park design will be developed in the latter part of 2022 with park improvements to proceed in future years as Council-approved budgets allow.

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