A new location graphic for the proposed community hall project in Connor Park has been posted by the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) on an expanded project webpage. It shows less impact on park forested areas and white pine trees than in the siting proposal circulated during an SCRD “community check-in” on the project in December 2022.
“The SCRD is aware of community concern with the hall being located at Connor Park and is keen to clear up one major misconception about the project. We know that environmental conservation and protection of our forested areas and white pine trees is very important to our residents. The intention is to construct the hall with as little impact to the forested area as possible,” a May 19 SCRD press release stated.
According to the release, there will be a public project drop-in information session hosted June 15 at the park between 3 and 7 p.m. The event will include opportunities to view potential sites for the hall and provide ideas and suggestions on the new community hall’s use. The webpage details that it will be “the first of several opportunities for the community to identify their vision and values for the park and how a new hall would integrate with the existing amenities at Connor Park”.
On the webpage, the regional district states it “should have done better when communicating the option of Connor Park as a hall location during the community check-in survey.” It also acknowledges that while there is no management plan for Connor Park, there is an opportunity to formulate one through the public participation during the hall project process.
Also included on the webpage are a timeline of the hall project, posts of answers to questions the SCRD has received about it, and an option to submit new questions or comments. The SCRD commits to page updates as new questions are responded to and new materials becomes available.