A new community park location is in the works for Meadowood, thanks to a recent agreement between the school district and regional district.
The park location could be used for the siting of a local recreation facility, something some residents say they’ve been waiting for 10 years to happen.
Approved by the RDN board and School District 69 at the end of last month, the agreement allows the RDN to manage school district lands on Meadowood Way as a community park, and to potentially locate a community centre on the property.
Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association (ACRA) chair Reg Nosworthy called this “a huge step forward.”
Nosworthy said “the announcement is a huge boost to the growth and capability for new recreation programs in the Meadowood neighbourhood of Arrowsmith Community … Until now there has been no facility in which to offer local, indoor recreation programs, particularly in the arts and culture categories.”
According to an RDN news release “RDN staff and the Corcan-Meadowood Residents’ Association have toured the school district’s surplus modular classrooms and have tentatively selected a set of portables suitable for community centre use.”
Superintendent Rollie Koop said this is “a crucial first step in helping the Corcan-Meadowood Residents’ Association achieve their goal of establishing a gathering place within their own community.”
The new five-acre community park and community centre site is adjacent to the RDN’s recently developed Meadowood Way Community Park adventure playground and sport court, creating a recreation and social hub for the area. The term of the agreement is 10 years less two days. The RDN board will consider the acquisition and related moving and installation costs of the modular buildings at a future board meeting.