Brennan Park Upgrades and Master Plan

Brennan Park Future

We are imagining our future Brennan Park and adjoining fields and lands. 


fields and lands master plan

Purpose

A master plan is required for Brennan Park (the surrounding fields and land to the Recreation Centre) to accommodate a range of community needs and activities over time. A community discussion took place in the spring of 2018 where residents and all current user groups shared their ideas for the future of the surrounding Brennan Park fields and lands, and what they value most about the whole site. The master plan is the second half of this project and the master plan will incorporate those ideas received and engage residents and user groups on a recommended course of action. The result will be a park master plan for Brennan Park.

Decision Statement

In spring 2020, council is adopting a Brennan Park Fields & Lands Master Plan and we are asking for stakeholder input on what this could look like and how we can get there given the following Vision and Values and Real estate Facilitates Guiding Principles.

Background

Brennan Park Fields & Lands (from Centennial Way to Finch Drive) was made possible by the fundraising and hard work of volunteers and community groups and has evolved as community needs have arisen. As the land available for recreation use is limited, it is necessary to have clear direction to guide long-term decision-making on where and what facilities should be accommodated in Brennan Park.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan from 2012/13 involved significant public engagement and laid out a path for the future of both the Recreation Centre and surrounding parkland. This plan provides a solid foundation for a community discussion to determine whether the findings are still valid five years later and after 14% growth in our community (change between the census populations of 2011 and 2016).

Brennan Park Fields & Lands Master Plan Phase 1 was completed in 2018 and through comprehensive community engagement a Vision and Values was created to guide decision making for the field and lands at Brennan Park.

Vision

Brennan Park fields and surrounding park lands is a welcoming and inclusive multi-use gathering place that brings the community together, promotes active and healthy living and is a fun, safe and playful hub for Squamish.

Values

The Values identified by the community in Phase 1:

  1. Affordable programs and services: Any services and programs offered by the District of Squamish and partners must be affordable.
  2. Inclusion and accessibility: The District and partners will continue to improve existing facilities and new facilities will have a high level of accessibility.
  3. Healthy communities and individuals: Existing facilities will be improved and new facilities will be developed to maximize the health of the community.
  4. Shared use of facilities: To maximize space and reduce costs, existing and new facilities must be accessible to multiple community groups and demographics.
  5. Consideration of the natural environment: The District and partners will place a high value on considering the natural environment when developing new facilities and improving existing ones.

Other values for consideration brought forward by the community in regards to Brennan Park Fields & Lands Master Plan are financial responsibility, social partnerships and collaboration, and commercial partnerships.

Constraints:

Financial Realities: The planning process will consider ideas on what Brennan Park surrounding fields and park land should look like, while keeping in mind the financial realities and follow the guiding principles laid out in the Real Estate and Facilities Master Plan.

The financial reality is there are significant facility upgrades required throughout the District (Fire Halls, Recreation Centre, Municipal Hall, Operations Centre etc…). As such, recreation facility upgrades cannot be funded through taxation alone and any new projects will need to be funded with contributions from grants, fees, fundraising and sponsorship. Financial impacts to the community will be brought back for discussion prior to any financial investment decision.

Floodplain Management Bylaw: This pertains to floodplain construction requirements.

Development Permit Area 2: This pertains to maintaining the integrity of critical floodways through the community.

Sponsored Crown Grant: The provincial government transferred the ownership of the Brennan Park land to the District of Squamish with caveats restricting usage or disposition.

Next Steps:

Brennan Park Fields & Lands Master Plan (BPFLMP) Phase 2 (2019/20) will build upon the Vision & Values and discuss the Phase 1 Activity Hubs (facilities) at Brennan Park.

  • Meet with stakeholders to develop and review process (October/November)
  • Stakeholder meeting #1 (December)
  • Stakeholder meeting #2 (if needed)
  • Draft Brennan Park Fields & Lands Master Plan
  • Share draft with community for input
  • Final Draft Spring 2020
  • Implementation (begins 2021)

Thank you!

The District would like to thank everyone for their input so far and encourage the community to follow along with our progress here, on the project page, as we work towards a common vision and shared values!

 

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See what happened in the first phase of this project!

 


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Comments

  • Rick Vanderham Nov 21, 2019 8:48 PM (16 days ago)

    I am shocked and dismayed that the recently renovated 4-court outdoor TENNIS courts are being taken over by unskilled and unfit pickleball players with a desire of conquest and facility hijacking. They've already ruined the two court tennis courts downtown behind SaveOn and the townhouses there. Those courts are now ruined for tennis with bold illegible lines conflicting with tennis court lines. Not satisfied with their destruction of tennis habitat there they now want ALL the courts at Brennan Park. The long history of tennis at that location has benefited Squamish residents for a generation or more and with tennis having a strong revival with the recent success of our Canadian Professionals on tour with fine role model players like Bianca Andrescu, who won the Rogers Cup in Canada and beat Serena Williams at the US Open for the Championship. With such strong and admirable role models Squamish kids wishing to learn the sport NEED facilities to play and practice. tennis. Cloudsly Hoodspith, Owner and publisher of the Squamish Times [remember that] would sponor the Squamish Open Doubles Tournament and present the trophy himself. Shame to anyone who things TENNIS is dead. Pickled ballers should have their own facility seperate from tennis and preferably indoors where I don't have hear the silly sound of raquets hitting their silly plastic balls. Utterly annoying....save the tennis players, please. I personally use the tennis courts and the practice boards whenever time and weather allow. We cannot call ourselves the recreational capitol of Canada without tennis and facilities for the sport for future professinal players to develop their skills.

    • Communications Nov 22, 2019 9:31 PM (15 days ago)

      Hi Rick, Thank you for your note.

      Recreation Services is always interested in supporting the recreational interests of the community. Currently we are seeing a lot of interest and continued growth in Pickleball, as are many other communities across BC and Canada and the District tries to balance needs by sharing facilities and maximizing existing facility usage.

      Courts are shared in many communities and the District made the decision to paint one of the four courts at Brennan Park for Pickleball to meet demand and to understand impacts before committing to painting any additional courts.

      The District will also be undertaking a Master Planning Process for the fields, courts, and parkland at Brennan Park in the early 2020 and their will be opportunity for the community to advocate and comment on existing and future facilities.

      Best Regards,
      Devon Guest
      Acting Director, Recreation Services

  • Janice Nov 13, 2019 11:39 PM (24 days ago)

    There are many great contributions to re-envisioning Brennan Park, and I agree with every single one. In addition, this is an opportunity to really look at our future and ensure we include performing arts - a theatre for plays, dance, music, speakers and film. The Eagle Eye Community Theatre at Howe Sound Secondary has not served our community well, when it is managed and controlled by the School Board. Bringing all performing arts under one roof in our "community centre" will benefit everyone.

  • Nick Aug 11, 2018 7:43 PM (16 months ago)

    Friends would like to see outdoor Sand courts for Beach Volleyball, Spike ball etc

  • Justin Jul 13, 2018 10:47 AM (17 months ago)

    What about a boutique movie theatre?

  • Jessica Jul 4, 2018 12:19 PM (17 months ago)

    I think any of the options would be great, however I’d like to see a splash park and robust outdoor play gym in the plans as well!

  • Julie Jun 18, 2018 7:22 PM (18 months ago)

    It would be wonderful to have a fitness center with weights, cardio machines, fitness and yoga classes, a large area for floor exercises all offered in a membership package together with the pool.

  • Trudy Jun 16, 2018 1:28 PM (18 months ago)

    Dog friendly

  • Chad Jun 13, 2018 7:24 AM (18 months ago)

    Having multiple activities available in one central location would be hugely beneficial for families with more than one child. Adding revenue driving spaces such as dance studios, bike shops, basic F&B offerings etc would be amazing and help reduce costs.

  • Alex Jun 7, 2018 9:58 PM (18 months ago)

    I would like too see an renovation and or upgrade to skatepark as it is not layed out well from a skateboarder there are not enough features and they are very close together witch makes for a more dangerous skate environment

  • Adam Higgins May 31, 2018 2:57 PM (19 months ago)

    Would love to see a small concrete beginner "all wheel" type skate park in the existing original skatepark area. One that promotes learning and movement skills on skateboards, and bikes. Similar progressive features like in the bike skills park.

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