Barb Gordon, Learning and Literacy co-ordinator for the area, and Tina Donald spoke to the District of Barriere Parks Committee, a a regular meeting of that committee, on Feb. 6. Gordon and Donald’s presentation was regarding the proposed ECO Park in Barriere, and asking for council’s support in this venture. They stated that phase one of the ECO Park will include the installation of bird and bat houses, and determining the site and design of a fish viewing platform. This will also entail having naturalists and engineers come out to determine the best places for these components. The committee members voted to support the creation of an ECO Park and will forward their recommendation on to the District Council.
The committee then discussed the Communities in Bloom (CiB) program. CiB is a multi-dimensional national program that has grown in popularity for communities of all sizes over the last decade. It is a catalyst to inventory assets, while unifying individuals, business leaders, municipal staff and service clubs who care about helping their community achieve its full potential through specific evaluation criteria. Starting with simple objectives, participants plan future projects to capitalize on the best use of available resources. Committee members voted to recommend to District council that Barriere participate in this program.
The balance of the meeting dwelt on creating a wish list for the District’s 2012 Parks budget.
The next regular Parks Committee meeting will be on March 5, at 5 p.m.