We gave each council and mayoral candidate a questionnaire asking for their opinions and thoughts on a range of questions. We also instituted a strict word limit, with mayoral candidates given more room. Those who went over were told they would be cut off.
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Question What parks, recreation or cultural amenity should receive more city money?
Our PRC Master Plan and five year financial plan lays out what happens when. If grants become available, items will be moved up.
Park, recreation and cultural amenities are fundamental in bringing our community together. Unfortunately, there is only so much City funds available. It is important that these funds are shared fairly.
Rotary stadium’s 3 supplemental fields should get lights. The quality fields lay largely dormant in the evenings without them.
My Rock and Gem Club was promised a home 10 years ago when the public was asked to approve the grandiose Plan A. Another broken promise.
Revenue generated from park and amenity rentals support this. More public awareness of, and ease of access to information about would this, I feel, would be better support at this time… (word limit exceeded)
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Sports facilities all around town
Most of our amenities are aging, so they all need our attention, and prioritized. We need to talk to our Federal government so we receive the same treatment as other regions … (word limit exceeded)
Delair Park, Little League Park with second Park for Provincial to Canadian Tournaments, and bring a Pacific Coast team similar as Victoria HarbourCats. connect Discovery Trail, put more money in Culture budget.
For a city our size Abbotsford has been well-served with Parks & Recreation facilities. We need to focus on building Arts, Culture & Heritage assets including a Black box Theatre
Need for more youth and senior related recreational and cultural resources, as indicated in our plans which we unanimously adopted. Now we need to see them implemented.
We have major shortages in sports fields and swimming pools. Instead of millions on all-weather turf that kids must pay to use, we need volume to serve the growing population.
Sports and Culture are incredibly important to youth and adults alike . Needs identified in the masterplans will determine how we develop our amenities. Funding opportunities will determine how.
1. Heritage Abbotsford (Trethewey House) and the Abbotsford Arts Council could do so much more with an extraordinarily small about of additional funding.
2. Parkland acquisitions for OCP’s proposed high-density areas.
All capital expenditures are already queued within the adopted Master Plans, following significant public input.
MRC should get more money because it should be on par with ARC.
Until I look at the books and determine the needs of all amenities I have no answer. However I recognize the need for more sporting amenities and fields.
More investment in staffing for general maintenance and upkeep. City-owned parks, facilities and trails are often dirty, broken, or in disarray. Let’s preserve our investments to ensure their lasting use.
Trail development for hiking and mountain biking. It is rapidly growing in popularity (called “the new golf”), is healthy activity and brings infusion of tourism dollars.
Culture. Culture is at the core of a community. Abbotsford’s is a rich and diverse culture, and yet we put very little money towards cultural awareness and preservation.
Our Master Plans address this. They were unanimously approved by Council.
Respectful relationships with senior levels of government and the private sector will move projects forward as we grow.
I am not at yet knowledgeable to be capable of a useful answer.
Mill lake park