"Our Parks, Culture, and Recreation facilities are the heart and soul of our city. They are the places where neighbours meet neighbours and communities come together."
Jonathan will improve Parks, Culture and Recreation by:
- Move forward with a phased approach to the redevelopment of the Canada Games Pool.
- Complete the Fraser River walkway by connecting Sapperton Landing to Westminster Pier Park, Quayside Boardwalk and to Queensborough via a pedestrian bridge.
- Explore opportunities to infuse more natural elements into city streetscape and parks.
- Promote public art through the beautification of infrastructure without impacting usability through an RFP process for artists. There’s no reason an infrastructure like the parkade cannot be an arts showpiece.
- Support the development of Parklets (converting on-street parking into mini plazas) on all four major retail streets in New Westminster; 12th Street, 6th Street, Columbia St and East Columbia.
- Initiate a program to develop new pocket parks in neighbourhoods underserved by parks facilities.
- Encourage and support special events, parades and festivals on public streets.
- Encourage outdoor seating at cafes and restaurants on major commercial streets.
- Explore opportunities to build new park spaces in the West End of the city as identified in the Comprehensive Parks Master Plan.
- Ensure adequate public parks and green spaces are located in the Sapperton Green Development project.
- Install park features that are reflective of New Westminster demographics and cultural diversity. (eg. permanent ping pong tables)
- Explore opportunities to build a public plaza in the Uptown District.
- Support the development of an additional artificial turf field to meet the growing community need for field use.
- Aggressively pursue diverse and unique funding sources to fund community improvement (eg. grants and sponsorships).