Public consultation an important park of Victoria Park management plan

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BY AMANDA SMEES - Some of my favorite memories from my childhood are of visiting my grandparents in Truro and going to Victoria Park. 

Walking trails and paths in Victoria Park are only one of the things that attract people of all ages to the park in Truro. Submitted photo

Summer days spent having a family picnic in the park and hours at the playground and the splash pad and wading pool. Now that I have a daughter of my own, it is my turn to take her to Victoria Park to play, explore, and enjoy.

Victoria Park is one of Truro’s best tourist attractions and family gathering places for summer and winter outdoor activities. It boasts hundreds of acres of natural woodland, beautiful waterfalls, walking and hiking trails for all ages (with a new bridge to make a complete loop around the reservoir), and groomed ski trails in the winter to help you enjoy all that our park has to offer. The playground is always a busy spot for children and the pool is a great place to spend those hot summer days.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone in Truro, and the surrounding area, takes great pride in Victoria Park and wants it to remain the gem that it is. The Town of Truro has the same value as well, which is why we have begun the process of the Victoria Park Management Plan; a plan that will provide strategic direction for the future planning, management, development and operation of Victoria Park during the next 10 to 15 years.

The Town of Truro hired consultants CBCL Ltd. to develop the plan after we realized that a more strategic, proactive and long-term approach to park management would be beneficial to help address challenges and opportunities for the park.

A big part of the process is public consultation. A public meeting was held in November where 125 people came out to express their ideas, concerns and hopes for Victoria Park. More public consultations will be coming up, which will be advertised, so keep an eye out and come to the meeting to express your opinion!

A final report is expected to be completed by the end of May for town council’s review.

If you would like to provide your input on what the park needs, improvements, likes, dislikes, etc. I would encourage you to attend the next public consultation meeting, or contact the Truro Parks, Recreation & Culture Committee at recdept@truro.ca or 40 Douglas Street.

TAG: Amanda Smees is the executive assistant and communications officer for the

Town of Truro.

 

Organizations: Victoria Park Management Plan, CBCL, Recreation Culture Committee

Geographic location: Victoria Park, Truro, 40 Douglas Street

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