December 8 2014


Sproat Lake Parks Commission


Monday, December 8 2014 at 7 pm

Cote Residence



Chair Joe Lamoureux calls the meeting to order at 7: 05 pm at the Cote residence.  Present are Directors: Joe Lamouruex; Chris Law; Ursula Henning; Paul Andrew; Brian Calendar; Jo Priestland; Gail Horvath; Cathy Burkosky; and Jackie Chambers.

Regrets: Terry Kettler

ACRD Director: Penny Cote


December 8 2014 Minutes of the previous meeting.

Motion for approval by Chris Law 2nd by Paul Andrew. Carried.


Cougar Smith Community Park

  • Baseball field –
    • 2015 maintenance – continue with approved plan for budget – spring thatch, reseed and fertilizer recommended.
    • Trail to ball field complete.
    • SL fire department used baseball field throughout summer.
    • Signage at ball field complete finalized grant.
    • Spending money on diamond base plates is not recommended.


  • Tennis Courts –
    • Back board request by Terry Kettler and others to move to roadside – work to be done by the spring.
    • Benches – check with Bob Aston to see about benches – one bench there.
    • Pickle ball request – Joe Lamoureux to ask Pickle ball group for Sproat Lake Resident Representative to sit on SL Parks Commission.
    • Suggestion of one court to have pickle ball lines installed over the tennis lines and one court only tennis lines. Noted observations of many pickle ball players throughout the summer months on the courts.


  • Bike Skills Park
    • Alpine contractor 2014 project completed – next steps
    • 2014 -$22,000 total spent – recommend $11, 400 for 2015 budget.
    • Signage is in place.
    • Penny will ask the ACRD to assist in an investigation as to why we have to provide professional inspections to MIA at $6k annually.  She suggests following other community standards for inspections, since they are exempt from these.
    • Getting lots of use from many Alberni Valley bike enthusiasts and great positive feedback.
    • Well head cut down and protection completed.


Dickson/Faber Community Park

  • Security – Footprints advise no incidents reported.
  • Block Watch successful with annual meeting August 17th,



Parks Day Celebration


  • Report – July Tuesday 5th Parks Day successful.
  • Report – August 17th Faber Park Block Watch Day successful.
  • James Lunney and Federal Govt official attended the announcement on September 8th, 2014.  From Economic Diversification Grant Funding work, completed on baseball field and tennis courts.


Trails and Expansion

  • Lakeshore Road – 2015 plan for liabilities to be addressed.
  • Faber Road – working on road brushing on trail extension – Select RFP from those companies we deal with – quote to be followed with proposed plan.
  • City has bridge structures that may be available for SL trail use.
  • Stirling Arm Drive – Call for resident support arrange for meeting day at Harold Bishop fire Hall early 2015.
  • Master Trail Planning – talk to ACRD to see about mapping and finding/linking property pins.

–     Island Timberlands cut blocks – Jackie reported they started to cut 2 blocks. Logging from Stirling Arm along Faber Road to the Cougar Smith Park.

  • Residents hear blasting noises along Stirling Arm, by Fossli Park.  Great Central residents report hearing the blasts as well.


Old Business

  • Gravel replacement – 30 feet of gravel needed to be completed this winter.
  • Gazebo ramp – clean up this section from the parking lot to coordinate for with wheel chair accessibility this spring.


New Business, December 8 2014

  • Proposed new project of Community/Children’s garden. To be constructed along fence dividing the bike skill park from the play ground this spring.
  • Joe Lamoureux will investigate, with City, the cost and feasibility of a small water feature in the park.
  • Playground shades cost to be determined. Alternate suggestion of shade trees. Maple trees are one of species suggested, but who will rake the leaves?  Picnic tables/benches suggested in shade.
  • 2015 SL Parks Budget – Commission completed draft budget. Some items yet to be determined. Completion and adoption at next meeting in February.
  • Motion to pay Chair honorarium by Chris Law 2nd by Jackie Chambers. Carried.
  • Joe Lamoureux to continue as Chair for 2015.


Adjournment at 9:45 pm. December 8 2014  Moved by Brian Calendar and 2nd Ursula Henning. Carried.


Chris Law identified property at the end of Taylor Arm Drive.  Adjacent to property on waterside of highway, from land acquired by Green Max, as ideal site for a Community Park. Penny to make inquiries at ACRD on procedure to make application and availability.

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