Parks Maintenance Policy Overview
Pitt Meadows takes pride in the community's many beautiful green and outdoor recreational spaces. The Parks Department works to ensure the community's parks, trails, sports fields, gardens, trees and other open green spaces are well maintained for the enjoyment of residents. This includes 12 baseball fields, 14 soccer fields, one artificial sports field, 12 playgrounds and two off-leash dog parks. See our Parks and Facilities List.
These spaces are diverse and comprise of both built and natural environments that require a range of care and maintenance.
Following the end of the joint-service model with Maple Ridge, the City has been maintaining and operating its own Parks and Recreation Services. After a detailed evaluation and review, a new Parks Maintenance Policy (C103) was developed to provide greater clarity and serve as a guide for future maintenance.
The Policy consists of four service levels, which can be further prioritized based on location, visibility, level of use, recreation needs and planned special events, budget, personnel, resources and environmental considerations. Priorities change throughout the year depending on these criteria.
The four service levels include:
- Service Level 1 - Highest Level of Maintenance for high profile spaces and facility entrances such as Spirit Square, City Hall/Rec Centre Complex grounds;
- Service Level 2 - Medium to Moderate Level of Maintenance for sports fields such as Harris Road Park and Pitt Meadows Athletic Park;
- Service Level 3 -Open Space / Beautification for medians, islands and playgrounds; and
- Service Level 4 - Preservation of Natural Conditions for trails and forests.
The Policy will be reviewed annually with service levels adjusted and updated as needed.
Fraser Way Roundabout
Early this year, an independent engineering review was conducted for the Fraser Way Roundabout due to safety concerns. Typically, a park area is not situated in the middle of a roundabout. The current roundabout is very large and includes a water fountain feature in the center, benches and several walking paths that bring pedestrians directly through traffic to access. In addition to the safety concerns for both drivers and pedestrians in the area, the City has received resident concerns regarding the condition of the park and park amenities.
In order to address these concerns, as well as park maintenance for the roundabout, the City has implemented short term measures and is currently exploring long term measures.
The short term measures included enhanced sightlines by cutting back the landscaping. In addition, the current 30km/hr speed limit signage at the roundabout was changed from advisory (yellow in colour) to regulatory (white in colour) and increased RCMP enforcement was requested. Awareness signage was installed near the edges of the roundabout to warn pedestrians of oncoming traffic before crossing the road.
The original engineering review of the roundabout has expanded in scope to include review and consideration of a few design concepts that would help address the concerns. The options will vary from concepts that deter pedestrian access to options that permit access with increased safety measures. Consideration will also be given to retention of the existing trees, maintenance and construction costs.
Fraser Way Roundabout and Park Public Engagement
The City is seeking feedback regarding a number of proposed long-term measures to address safety and maintenance concerns for the Fraser Way Roundabout and Park in Osprey Village.
The current roundabout is very large and includes a water fountain feature in the center, benches and several walking paths that bring pedestrians unsafely and directly through traffic. In addition to the safety concerns for both drivers and pedestrians in the area, the City has received resident concerns regarding the condition of the park and park amenities.
A public meeting was held on September 23 at South Bonson Community Centre to share information about the proposed options and gather community feedback. For those unable to attend the meeting, please review the display boards about the proposed options. Online feedback was also sought at haveyoursaypittmeadows.ca. Thank you yo everyone who participated and provided input. Engagement results will be summarized and presented to Council later this fall.
Shoreline Park and Waterfront Commons Park
During the months of July and August, targeted maintenance was being completed at Shoreline Park and Waterfront Commons Park in Osprey Village. This included weeding, brush removal, and tree pruning along the river bank to minimize the encroachment of invasive plants and allow for the enhancement of the area by planting native plant material in its place.
These parks will be included as part of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan, which is expected to be completed in 2020. Once a consultant has been retained for the Master Plan, engagement sessions will be planned to gain feedback from the community and stakeholders to better inform the draft plan. Stayed tuned for more information in the coming months.
Related Reports, Presentations and Policies
- Parks Maintenance Policy – Presentation to Council (July 23, 2019)
- Parks Maintenance Policy – Report to Council July 23, 2019)
- Parks Maintenance Policy (C103) (July 23, 2019)