The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)

City of Parksville to seek further public input on proposed aquatic and recreation centre

Public engagement team to spearhead renewed consultation efforts

The City of Parksville has issued an update on its proposed aquatic and recreation centre, seeking more public feedback.

A release from Deb Tardiff, manager of communications, read: “In May, council approved the hiring of consultants to conduct formal public consultation and site condition assessments for the Parksville Aquatic and Recreation Centre, also known as the multiplex. To that end, we have brought in a team of public engagement experts from HDR, Inc. to spearhead renewed public consultation efforts and ensure everyone in Parksville has a seat at the table. Starting in July, through to the end of October, HDR will lead a campaign to inform the public about project development to date, gather feedback and ideas from the public, host in-person open houses or workshops, and more.”

Tardiff’s release stated a professional environmental and technical consultation firm will supplement last year’s feasibility study by conducting a thorough land analysis and site condition assessment to evaluate current site plans and conceptual designs.

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“We’ve been monitoring the discussions online and in our community, and there have been some great conversations about the project, including the location of the facility, concerns about our forests and wetlands, the potential financial burden on our residents, whether we even need a multiplex, and much more. It is very early in the process and we know people want more details,” wrote Tardiff.

All comments received to date have been forwarded by the city to HDR. Detailed information about the project can be found at www.letstalkparksville.ca.

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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