VOTERS GUIDE: What parks, recreational or culture amenity should get more money

Abbotsford mayor and council hopefuls about their parks, rec and culture amenity

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.

For our election hub, with links to all our other election-related coverage, click here.

RELATED: We asked the candidates – What one capital project should be prioritized?

RELATED: We asked the candidates – How would you address the lack of affordable housing for families?

RELATED: We asked the candidates – Mayoral candidates on public safety

RELATED: We asked the candidates – What can be done to give voice to those who feel unheard?

RELATED: We asked the candidates – Candidates’ top-three priorities

RELATED: We asked the candidates – If you had five minutes with Justin Trudeau, what would you say?

RELATED: We asked the candidates – If you had five minutes with John Horgan, what would you say?

RELATED: Agree/disagree – Candidates asked their thoughts on 23 statements about the city, local issues and governing philosophy.

• • • • •

Question What parks, recreation or cultural amenity should receive more city money?

Mayoral candidates

Henry Braun

Our PRC Master Plan and five year financial plan lays out what happens when. If grants become available, items will be moved up.

Trevor Eros

Arts Council

Moe Gill

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.

Eric Nyvall

Rotary stadium’s 3 supplemental fields should get lights. The quality fields lay largely dormant in the evenings without them.

Gerda Peachey

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.

Nadine Snow

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)

• • • • •

Council candidates

Jas Anand

Sports facilities all around town

Bruce Banman

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)

Les Barkman

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.

Sandy Blue

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

Kelly Chahal

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.

Vince Dimanno

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.

Brenda Falk

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.

Aird Flavelle

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.

Harvey Jongsma

no answer

Dave Loewen

All capital expenditures are already queued within the adopted Master Plans, following significant public input.

Harry Manocha

MRC should get more money because it should be on par with ARC.

Paul Redekopp

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.

Josh Reynolds

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.

Patricia Ross

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.

Dave Sidhu

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.

Ross Siemens

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.

Lawrence Tilley

I am not at yet knowledgeable to be capable of a useful answer.

Dao Tran

Mill lake park

Just Posted

Facebook posts lead to boy’s stolen bike being replaced by Good Samaritans

Donations collected to buy new bikes for Abbotsford mom and two sons

Clayburn Village Museum celebrates Heritage Week

Abbotsford site holds open house from Feb. 21 to 23

Jubilee Hall has long history of community spirit in Abbotsford

Community association seeks to boost membership and volunteers

Abbotsford-Mission Boxing Club looking for home

Local boxing club being forced to vacate current home by March

Your daily commute and weather forecast: Feb. 20, 2019

A brief bit of sun in the forecast before what will hopefully be the final days of snow for the year

‘Riya was a dreamer’: Mother of slain 11-year-old Ontario girl heartbroken

Her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested some 130 kilometres away

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Missing Surrey snowshoer caught in avalanche found dead on Vancouver mountain

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died: B.C. police watchdog

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Former NHL star Fleury in Surrey for conference on child abuse

At Surrey City Hall, two-day event hosted by Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Experts urge caution after 10 human-triggered avalanches across B.C.

One man is still stuck after avalanche on south coast

‘It consumed my life’: Inside the world of gaming addiction

World Health Organization classifies gaming disorder as a mental health condition

Police seize bottles of grapefruit vodka from wanted man’s snow-pants

The men were pushing two shopping carts with a woman inside

Tonight’s sporting event costs more than the Super Bowl, and Obama is going

Tickets are going for more than $4,000 to watch the Duke - North Carolina basketball game

Most Read