The City of New Westminster is seeking public input on the development of a master plan for Hume Park.
The first in a series of open houses related to the park’s planning process is taking place virtually on Thursday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. Community members are invited to provide input on the needs and priorities in an effort to help guide the future of the park
“The Hume Park master plan will be a 20-year, long-term vision for Hume Park that will provide direction to the parks and recreation department by identifying priorities for implementation of improvements,” said a notice about the plan. “The purpose of the master plan study is to identify community priorities for the park while ensuring compatibility of current and future uses and efficiency of the overall park layout within the context of preserving ecologically sensitive areas along the Brunette River. With a community-vetted master plan in hand, the department will be well equipped to efficiently and effectively allocate future capital project funds as they become available.”
To take part in the March 11 open house on Zoom, go to eventbrite.ca and search for Hume Park Open House.
The public engagement process will continue in the fall with another open house and a workshop with stakeholders. A draft master plan will be presented to the public sometime next winter, with staff aiming to present the final master plan to city council next spring.
Hume Park, established in 1912, is a 31.72-acre park on East Columbia Street in Sapperton.
“Its unique topography defines a distinct Lower Hume and Upper Hume Park, and its variety of natural amenities and recreational facilities enable the park to serve as both a passive and active recreational destination while the Brunette River provides valuable aquatic and wildlife habitat,” said the city’s notice. “With ecologically sensitive areas, aging infrastructure and future adjacent development, Hume Park faces challenges to balance a variety of user needs and interests to continue to serve the community.”
For more information, go to www.beheard.newwest.ca and follow the Hume Park master plan link.