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
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
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
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.
Receives Rotary Reprieve
local service club the nod and kicks-in $9K
Releases by Jamie Leggatt, City of
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.
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
chart at Tuesday's City hall meeting shows examples of various
community groups and agencies who may want to suggest locations.
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
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.
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