Dear Mr. Dahli,
I wish to acknowledge receipt of your email dated June 28, 2014, to Mayor and Council in regard to the Cadboro-Gyro Park project. Please be assured that your correspondence has been brought to the attention of Council for forwarded to appropriate staff.
As you may be aware, approval of the Cadboro Bay Local Area Plan in 2002 initiated a process of community engagement and discussions to develop a new concept plan for the park. To date a new concept plan has been unattainable, but feedback from the engagement process and formal input from the Community Association confirmed support for elements of the plan.
In December, 2011, Council approved a Provincial Community Recreation Grant application for accessible playground, pathways and beach accesses. One of the unanimously supported park functions and elements from the stakeholder consultation was “universal access, barrier-free design”. Project specific funding for the repair/replacement of the accessible pathway and playground was received from the Province in 2012, with the condition that the project be completed by March 2015.
The design for the park renovation is consistent with the intended use as a municipal-wide waterfront park. Guided by consulting geotechnical engineers, the design meets current industry standards and practices for fully accessible pathways and playgrounds. We wish to thank the Association for providing early comments on this matter which Parks staff are currently considering in finalizing the details of the pathways.
Thanks again for your recent correspondence.