Wednesday, June 5, 2013

City Hall News

Party, Parade and Plants

Council has a full plate at Tuesday meeting

Releases by Jamie Leggatt, City of Chilliwack


arty in the Park is an annual eight week event hosted by the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association, which is held every Friday night throughout the summer in Central Community Park.


Due to financial shortfalls the BIA will receive further funding from Chilliwack City Council. In addition to the already approved financial contribution of $7,000 from the City, the BIA will also receive funding to cover any revenue shortfall the event may incur up to the value of $8,830.

"Party in the Park is a highly successful event that is greatly enjoyed by the community each year. As such, we are happy to be able to show our continued support," said Mayor Gaetz. "Revitalizing the downtown through community events is an important part of our revitalization plan for downtown Chilliwack and a great way to build community spirit."

The 2012 Party in the Park series attracted approximately 30,000 people to downtown Chilliwack. With additional funding from the City, the BIA will be able to ensure that it will not need to sacrifice the quality of the event, or the content on the stage or in the Family Fun Zone.

The City of Chilliwack and the Downtown Chilliwack BIA are working together closely towards the shared goal of the continued development of downtown Chilliwack. Community events, such as Party in the Park play an important role in the City's multifaceted approach to creating a healthy and sustainable downtown.

The Downtown Chilliwack BIA is actively seeking sponsorship for the 2013 Party in the Park series. Interested parties should contact them at 604-792-4576 or email here.


Editor's Note: Jamie Leggatt is the new City of Chilliwack communications officer and replaces Starlee Renton. The Voice welcomes Jamie and we're looking forward to working with her as our new media partner and city liaison. Photo is courtesy of Linked-In.



Christmas Parade Receives Rotary Reprieve

City gives local service club the nod and kicks-in $9K

Releases by Jamie Leggatt, City of Chilliwack/Voice photo


Brad Whittaker (C), President of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack, Brice Hanks, President of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack/Fraser, and Kristen Mundstock (L), President of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack Mt. Cheam were at City Hall Tuesday looking to get council's approval to take over the annual Christmas Parade.


he City of Chilliwack is pleased to announce the return of the much loved Christmas Parade thanks to Chilliwack's local Rotary chapters!

The Rotary Club of Chilliwack, the Rotary Club of Chilliwack - Mt. Cheam, and the Rotary Club of Chilliwack/Fraser will receive $9,000 in funding from the City to host and coordinate the downtown parade. Together, the Rotary Clubs will match the City's funding.

"We are pleased to help facilitate the return of the Christmas Parade through this financial contribution and offer our heartfelt thanks to the local Rotary clubs for making this a reality," said Mayor Gaetz. "Council is very supportive of downtown events as part of our multifaceted approach to revitalizing the area. We will continue to show support for activities such as these."

City Council is very happy that the local Rotary chapters have stepped up and saved the Christmas Parade. This demonstration of leadership and community support is just one of the many things that makes Chilliwack great and plays an important role in the revitalization of the downtown.

Chilliwack's local Rotary clubs volunteer locally and globally in service to others. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the idea of 'Service Above Self'.



Gardens on the Go

City to look at adding more community gardens

Releases by Jamie Leggatt, City of Chilliwack/Voice photos


This overhead chart at Tuesday's City hall meeting shows examples of various community groups and agencies who may want to suggest locations.


hilliwack City Council received a report regarding the possibility of establishing community gardens in the downtown area based on requests from individuals, organizations and other community stakeholders.

As a result, the City of Chilliwack will investigate the possibility of including community gardens as part of a multifaceted plan to create a healthy and sustainable downtown and to provide interim uses for empty lots prior to future development.

"There's a lot of excitement and anticipation about the changes downtown and a community garden would be another innovative approach we can take towards the revitalization of the area," said Mayor Gaetz. "Community gardens bring people together from a wide variety of backgrounds and increase a sense of community ownership."

In addition to adding beauty to a community, exposure to green spaces are believed to reduce stress and create an increased sense of wellness and belonging.

Council will review additional information and make a decision about the possible implementation of community gardens in downtown Chilliwack at a future date.


Copyright (c) 2013 The Valley Voice