Revitalization Project - Eagle Bay Hall Outdoor Area
The Eagle Bay Community Association (EBCA) has been working with the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) and the community at large to revitalize the community hall grounds to address the changing needs and interests of Eagle Bay residents and visitors. On October 25, the public was invited to share their questions, concerns, and ideas regarding the landscaping and design of the outdoor area surrounding the Eagle Bay Community Hall. The meeting was well attended. Paul Demenok, Area C Director, and Ryan Nitchie from CSRD Community Services, were also present.
Updates were provided regarding the status of the project. A Right-of-Way agreement is being negotiated, with hopes to have both parties sign off by spring of 2019. The Board of the CSRD would then be able to bring forward budget issues for project approval. In the interim, community focus groups will be meeting with the Parks Planning Department to prepare design and landscaping for the area.
Early in October an online survey was sent to EBCA members to solicit their input into what is possible considering the space and budget available. Over 50 responses were received and tabulated.
Results from the survey showed that the Eagle Bay community services a variety of age groups. While seniors (65 and over) were the largest identified group, youth under 19 were identified as the second largest group.
The survey provided a list of possible outdoor features, as well as an open-ended response for further suggestions. Within the list features, a multi-sport area including tennis, pickleball, ball hockey and basketball tied with a children's playground as a first priority. A covered picnic/cooking area, drinking fountain, several grassy areas with picnic tables, and an adult exercise ground were second. An outdoor bandstand and pickleball courts were selected as third choices. There were other suggestions as well, such as fencing in the parking area, a ropes course, an open area for recreational activities, and an artificial skating rink. It is also noted in the survey that features such as outdoor toilets and security lighting will be provided in any design selected. While expanded parking facilities were also identified as a priority, presently there is no additional parking space available.
The EBCA wants to thank everyone who participated in the survey or joined in at the public consultation meeting. Many in the community have expressed their interest in participating in future activities. Revitalizing the outdoor area around the Hall certainly offers one way of making a community safe and caring.