UPGRADED PARKS

In WARD 7, we have several beautiful parks, but they don’t have toilets, nor shades! Whenever the natural needs appear, there are always concerns about how to handle them, and where to go. It`s time to solve this issue that I have heard about over and over again!

A walk at Sandpoint Beach Park – East Beach

Public parks not only make people happier – but they also help to:

  • Reduce aggression and mental fatigue.

  • Reduce violent crime. Contrary to popular belief, parks are not a breeding ground for criminal behavior — they’re a proven and cost-effective impediment to illegal activity.

  • Increase social cohesion when they are well-maintained, and can act as natural gathering places where community stakeholders form stronger social bonds. These ties have been shown to produce safer, healthier neighborhoods.

Safe public restrooms encourage tourism, making people more likely to feel comfortable visiting parks and other city attractions when they know that they won’t have to search all over for a bathroom.

A view of Wildwood Park, where there is no shade, and no restroom

When we look at parks through the lenses of the environment or public health, the long-term benefits are even greater than the money required to upgrade and maintain them: Safer communitiesStronger social cohesionGreater environmental awarenessHealthier citizensHappier dogs (and dog-owners).

A view of Blue Heron Lake

Once elected, I will make sure that our Parks:

  • Become adequately upgraded, in design, for Social Gatherings (toilets, shades, eating areas, barbecue pits, etc.);

  •  Are carefully maintained;

  • Include a dedicated «Dog Park»;

  • Increase Environmental Awareness (I will sponsor park-wide cleanups that involve everyone within the community).