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Castlegar launches public engagement for improvements to Brandson Park

The City of Castlegar is initiating a public engagement process to renew Brandson Neighborhood Park, located at 2412 6th Avenue, with the goal of creating an accessible and inclusive park for all to enjoy.

Brandson Neighborhood Park is adjacent to a mixed-use residential development currently under construction.

In a media release, the city said it wants to hear ideas from the community on what it wants to see incorporated into the park. The ideas and input will help the project team understand what the community wants and help build a new vision for the future of the park.

The city’s engagement is focused on hearing ideas from the broader community for this park space and how the stories and history of this park can be celebrated.

When the development was approved, the City said it was committed to dedicating the space as Park Land under community bylaws and to ensuring the community’s input was considered as the city develops future plans for the space.

It also promised to reach out to local historians and community members to encapsulate the history of the space and commemorate its story on-site.

“We’ve planned ‘picnic in the park’ events where people can see Brandson Park as it is and dream about ideas for its future,” said Project Manager, Anne Simonen.

“We will be engaging the community in all stages of this project including prioritizing park possibilities, building the vision for its future, developing conceptual options, and identifying the preferred final design.”

The city is hosting a variety of public engagement initiatives to gather ideas on the project, including a picnic in Brandon Park with food and beverages provided on May 7 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

It has also launched a survey, which can be found online or picked up at Castlegar City Hall.

Additionally, the City has opened an online forum for community members to help the city build a timeline of the history of the park, which can be found here.

The City expects engagement and project planning will be complete by the fall, and construction at the park will occur in the spring of 2025.

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