After gathering input from Castlegar residents about how to improve Twin Rivers Park and Millennium Walkway, the city is now seeking further feedback on some concrete suggestions for the large recreational area along the Columbia River.
Among the ideas floated at a design charrette held earlier this month were the addition of a bike skills area, an off-leash dog section, and outdoor exercise equipment or “green gym” to the park’s existing amenities.
The creation of a “lazy river” and a series of wading pools fed by natural water pumped up from the ground was also suggested, as was the expansion of the community gardens on the west side of the park.
Designers from the consulting firm HB Lanarc compiled the public’s suggestions into a series of drawings outlining how and where their ideas could fit into the park’s geography.
One of those drawings is pictured above and all of them will be made available on the city’s website: www.castlegar.ca.
City officials are inviting further opinions from the public.
“We’re looking for more feedback now that we have … a visualization for people to take a look at,” civic works director Chris Barlow said.
The designers will take that feedback and come up with a final draft plan for the park, Barlow added, which will then be presented to the public again.
Exactly when that will happen hasn’t been decided yet but Barlow said some of the projects suggested for the park could begin as early as this year.
In general he said there was a consensus at the initial design charrette that Twin Rivers should be “more of holistic park — one park with an overall vision.”