It’s slow going but provincial officials and the Squamish Nation are inching toward handing Squamish its newest park.
Backed by long-time Brackendale resident Thor Froslev, for the past 22 years community residents have called for Brackendale Farmers Institute Walking Park to be designated a permanent park. But as preparations continue for the Sept. 7 Brackendale Fall Fair at the venue, there’s no news on the area’s status, Froslev said.
“I haven’t heard anything,” he said.
That’s because there isn’t much to say, Squamish Mayor Rob Kirkham noted. The District of Squamish, province and Squamish Nation are working toward turning the parcel, which is now unprotected Crown land, into a park.
The park’s protection has been on council’s agenda for a number of years. This spring the municipality unveiled its Parks and Recreation Master Plan which recommends to “secure permanent park status for the Brackendale Farmers Institute Walking Park.”
“Everybody’s vision is the same,” Kirkham said.
But the real paperwork is out of the district’s hands and a part of provincial discussions with the Squamish Nation, he noted. If it happens, the 50-acre park’s creation will be a part of an Intergovernmental Accord.
“The Accord has had an expiry date that we have agreed to extend,” Kirkham said, noting there has been little movement.
In the meantime, Froslev is getting ready for the fall fair. Seventy vendors are expected to pack the area, along with a slew of games for kids. A parade through the neighbourhood will kick off at 11 a.m.
“There’s a hayride,” Froslev added.
Musicians will keep ears merry and the ever-popular zucchini races are back. There’s also the chance to show off your cooking skills in the veggie, craft and produce competitions. Pick up entry forms at the Brackendale General Store on Government Road. For more information visit www.brackendalefallfair.ca.