News Bites -- March 20

Mar 20, 2017

The Nelson Creek Spirit
The District is conducting repairs and upgrades to the Spirit Trail on the slope west of the Nelson Creek Bridge. Currently the slope is steep and unstable, making it difficult to access Seaview Walk. Two additional switchbacks will be added to the existing trail, one at the top and one at the bottom. This will reduce the grade and improve trail access for all users. Large rocks will be used to shore up the outside slope, and a gravel base will be added to improve drainage and trail surface stability.

Capital planning
The Five-Year Financial Plan 2017-2021 Bylaw will be presented to Council on March 27, along with the 2017 Capital Funding report, which lists all of the specific capital projects proposed to be funded in 2017 from the asset levy, along with funds from community amenity contributions and external sources.

Attacking the invasives
Stewardship events took place at both Lighthouse and Caulfeild Parks on March 11. Despite the rain, both parks had good turnout for invasive plant removal. District staff attended and supported these volunteer events.

Reaching out on the OCP
To date, Official Community Plan (OCP) engagement on Outreach and Objectives has included a dozen stakeholder meetings reaching  approximately 150 people, a youth “brainstorm” event with some 30 school-aged participants, and  some 250 completed surveys. Many more opportunities to have your say are on the OCP are coming next month and throughout the spring and summer…stay tuned.

Springing to safety
The joint School Traffic Safety Advisory Committee is planning its second annual post-Spring Break safety blitz for the week of March 27. Outreach events will take place during busy pick-up/drop-off times at four West Vancouver elementary schools (Cedardale, Pauline Johnson, Irwin Park and West Bay). This is a partnership between West Vancouver Police Department, the District’s Bylaws Services, Engineering and ICBC.

Tax notices in May
Preparation for the issuance of the annual tax notices is underway; notices are expected to be issued in the third week of May. Taxpayers interested in having advance information on the probable taxes for specific properties can contact Finance for a preliminary estimate.

Accolades for the museum
The West Vancouver Museum has received national recognition as a destination gallery through a feature in the spring 2017 issue of Canadian Art Magazine, which is Canada’s most widely read arts magazine.

The run numbers are in
March 4 & 5's West Van Run took place with 1,300 participants over the two days, despite snow on the ground on the Sunday. West Vancouver Schools had a 321-member team in the event; 74 were from West Vancouver Secondary alone. The 1 km kids' run had 200 participants over the two days. The event raised $11,300 for the Special Olympics – North Shore. Special thanks to all District departments involved with the event including Engineering, Transit, Parks and the WVPD.

Field hockey welcomes world
From April 1 to 9, Field Hockey Canada will host the World League Women’s qualifier at the District of West Vancouver's top-notch field hockey facilities in Ambleside Park. Come support Team Canada and our local West Vancouver Field Hockey Club as they welcome the world at a qualifying tournament for the World Field Hockey Championships. Tickets and schedule information here.

We should be in the movies
In March, eight productions were filming around West Vancouver. Whytecliff Park, Mulgrave School, private residences and the iconic Old Nelson Creek Bridge all served as locations. This is the first time that filming has place on the bridge, and it was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Engineering, Parks and Utilities and the Ministry of Transportation. In 2016, the West Vancouver Film Office issued 60 film permits for TV series, feature films, commercials and student films. This is more than double the number of permits issued in 2015 and equates to 101 film days, not including prep or wrap days.


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