One of two conceptual designs for the Centennial Park Master Plan includes a large soccer field, off-leash dog park, multi-use court and more. The District of Kent has begun public consultations this week to determine the best use of the space. (Submitted)

Agassiz asked to weigh in on plans for park space

District starts community consultations on Centennial Park Master Plan

Soccer fields, pools, off-leash dog parks, picnic shelters…even washrooms. These are just a few of the ideas floating around for development of Agassiz’s Centennial Park. The District of Kent is now asking the public for input on a 25-year master plan for the space.

As one of two destination parks located in Kent, Centennial Park is home to the Community Recreation & Cultural Centre (CRCC), Ferny Coombe Pool and the yearly Fall Fair. But the 14.2 hectare park still has ample space for development.

The District’s goal is to have a park that’s used year-round and meets the community’s needs for years to come. Director of community services Jennifer Thornton said they want to avoid a space used by one demographic only.

“A lot of recreation spaces now are being tailored for multi-use,” she said. “The goal is that they’re being designed so that different ages or different abilities can use them.”

Thornton said the public’s input is vital to ensuring the park reflects the wants and needs of the community – from toddlers to seniors.

“It’s important to get a variety of voices from the community to ensure that we’re accommodating the variety of ages and interests…” she said. “We need to hear from a wide span of people to ensure that we’re implementing the right amenities for different uses and build something that will grow with the community.”

A large display at the CRCC will display two conceptual plans for what types of amenities could be included in the park over the next 25 years.

From Feb. 13-23, public questionnaires will be available online at district.kent.bc.ca/ and in person at the CRCC and municipal hall. Filled in questionnaires can be emailed to JThornton@district.kent.bc.ca.

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