Brennan Park Upgrades and Master Plan

Brennan Park Future

We are imagining our future Brennan Park. 

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The much-loved and well-used Brennan Park Recreation Centre is in need of renovation and expansion, and the District of Squamish needs public input on a set of options for how this could best be achieved. As well, we’re kick-starting an exploratory discussion of the surrounding Brennan Park fields and lands, and the full range of community needs and activities which could be accommodated over time. The community is invited to weigh-in and share ideas as we move forward towards a common vision.

  • Three options for an expanded recreation centre have been developed based on stakeholder and community input through the 2012/13 Parks and Recreation Master Plan development. A thoughtful engagement process this spring will ensure that these options capture the viewpoints, needs and priorities of the community in 2018, as planning for a new facility moves forward.
  • A second piece of the engagement is to invite residents, including all current user groups, to share their ideas for the future of the surrounding Brennan Park fields and lands, and what they value most about the whole site.

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Get Involved:

Residents are invited to examine and discuss options and to set priorities, while also discussing funding issues and mechanisms:

  1. Attend a Public Visioning Event: Saturday, June 16, 1 - 4 p.m. or Wednesday, June 20, 5 - 8 p.m. at Brennan Park Recreation Centre
  2. Complete a survey*. Help us develop future options for Brennan Park Recreation Centre & surrounding fields and lands.
  3. Sign up for the Recreation newsletter to stay up to date and view the summary reports from the public engagement activities.

View the three options for a renewed Brennan Park Recreation Centre (provide feedback on these options through the survey, linked above):

  • Option 1 - Expand and Upgrade
  • Option 2 - Expand and Upgrade (same as Option 1 with reconfigured ice arena and wellness/fitness space)
  • Option 3 - Replace  

  Click here to view the sample 3D renderings.

View a cost comparison of proposed options to other communities, plus how Squamish ranks against other communities in terms of recreation facilities. 

Background:

Brennan Park puzzle3Brennan Park Recreation Centre requires significant upgrades and expansion to meet current demand and future community needs. As Squamish continues to grow, plans to upgrade the recreation centre are getting underway. 

As well, the surrounding Brennan Park (from Centennial Way to Finch Drive) has evolved as community needs have arisen, and was made possible by the fundraising and hard work of volunteers and community groups. 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).

 

 

Community input comes from residents of all ages. Council recently welcomed these special guests from Brackendale Elementary School who made a Brennan Park Recreation Centre model that they presented to Council, along with a song!

 

Timeline 

February 20, 2018 - Report to Committee of the Whole meeting - concept plans were presented based on community input from the 2012/13 Parks & Recreation Master Plan. These plans form the starting point for community conversation in 2018. 

May 2018 - Development of a two-pronged community engagement campaign to build on the findings of the 2012/13 Parks & Recreation Master Plan.

June 12, 2018 - Online questionnaire launches

June 16, 2018 - Public Visioning Event #1

June 20, 2018 - Public Visioning Event #2 (both events will be the same format, scheduled at different times to accommodate the most number of residents).

Summer 2018 - Presentation of community engagement results and Council discussion

Next steps: Finalize plans and explore potential funding opportunities:

  • Real Estate and Facility Master Plan
    • Prioritizes recreation infrastructure within all District facility needs
    • Reviews and recommends funding options
  • Brennan Park Master Plan
  • Brennan Park Recreation Centre upgrades and expansion phased development plan

 

Funding

Funding for the Brennan Park Recreation Centre, fields and lands will need to be prioritized within the broader facility upgrade and replacement needs of all the District’s operations. Funding sources could be grants, taxation, borrowing, fees, fundraising and sponsorship. However, the first step is to determine what the community wants and needs at Brennan Park, and how much it will cost.

 

Links and resources

Report to Council - February 20, 2018 Committee of the Whole.

Brennan Park Recreation Centre Feasibility Study

Parks and Recreation Master Plan (2012) 

Council’s Strategic Plan

Official Community Plan - 2040 Draft Plan

Floodplain Management Bylaw

Real Estate and Facilities Strategy Executive Summary 

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Comments

  • Chad Jun 13, 2018

    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 07, 2018

    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

    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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