Ravenswood connected to Anmore Elementary.
The BC government recently announced a $30 million Community Recreation Grant Program developed to addresss the unique challenges faced by communities in the Province with respect to meeting their recreational infrastructure needs.
The concept of the program is to invest in local government capital projects that make communities healthier, more active places in which to live. Grant programs like this are an important funding source that can assist our Village in improving our infrastructure and the overall livability of our community.
In Anmore, we have some amazing outdoor opportunities for recreation, but some of the infrastructure needed to enhance those opportunities or provide more universal access are just not there yet. After years of planning, we now have a tennis court located at Anmore Elementary School and have recently installed play equipment in our local Anmore Spirit Park. Both of these items are infrastructure improvements that benefit residents and encourage us to live healthier more active lives. We've also had community discussions about a proposed community hall, volleyball courts, and current and future joint use agreements between Anmore and School District 43. These are all projects that deserve consideration and discussion by our community and might be appropriate projects to seek grant funding for.
Another area that I think needs to be addressed is our community trail network. How easy it is to travel around a community, is an important factor to consider when discussing community livability... Most of Anmore's current pathways that stretch the length of Sunnyside and East Road were build through volunteer efforts and they have been a wonderful addition to our community. I would like to see more pathway projects like this in Anmore and community consultation on how we want our pathways and trail networks to develop over the coming years. In particular I think that our community should look at how we can link neighbourhoods through trail networks that encourage walking and cycling within our Village.
Whistler is a great example of how long term planning can help develop a successful trail network. Over 20 years ago a few volunteers started planning how they wanted Whistler connected and in 2011 you can take pedestrian and bike pathways throughout the entire valley area to almost every neighbourhood and recreational area in Whistler.
How can we apply this model to Anmore.. well we certainly won't have the tourism dollars to contribute to a trail network, but we definitely can apply the idea of long term planning. Anmore has clearly laid out their road networks in our Official Community Plan, but there is little mention of pathway planning. I would like our OCP to clearly outline how we want our current and future community linked for pedestrian and bike traffic within Anmore and to the surrounding communities. Trail networks and access to both bike and walking paths should be a part of our Official Community plan, just like roadway planning is included in any municipal OCP.
Outlining a pathways plan in our OCP based on community consultation and thorough input from residents will help us identify funding sources, guide development and provide our municipality with the tools to move forward with a long term plan.
What are your thoughts on pedestrian and bike pathways in Anmore?
**Above is a great example of a completed pathway that is wide enough to accomodate both walking and cycling traffic and links the Ravenswood Development to the Anmore Elementary School area, Friendly Forest Preschool and our Village tennis courts.
At 10:20 am on October 20th, get ready to Drop! Cover! and Hold On! as part of The Great British Columbia Shakeout! This is your chance to practice for the real thing, so find a safe place, drop, get cover and hold on! Drill starts at 10:20!
**Our Village Hall is the central point for an emergency such as a large scale earthquake. Many assume it would be the elementary school, but that is not correct. Be sure to discuss your emergency safety plan with your family and get everyone on the same page.
Support your community this weekend, there are 2 very important events going on this Saturday!
The Scouts community bottle drive is the primary funding source for the many activities of the Anmore Cubs and Scouts. The teens and pre-teens in the Youth Group help out with community events like the Easter Egg hunt, the Ma Murray Day celebration and the Canada Day picnic and party. Get behind our kids and clean out your garage and attic at the same time. Go Kids Go!
ANMORE YOUTH IN ACTION CLOTHING DRIVE:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15th, 2011 (12 PM)
This weekend the Anmore Youth in Action will be collecting for their ANNUAL CLOTHING DRIVE. Place your gently used clothing and household items curbside by 12 NOON on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15th in clearly marked bags or boxes.
The Youth Group members will be by to pick them up from outside your house. If you would like to drop them off at the Village, you can do so on Saturday. If there are large items for the Youth group, call Candice Davidson: 604 469 8601 or Eny Hoffer at: 604 469 9392 to arrange for pick-up.
1ST ANMORE SCOUTS BOTTLE DRIVE:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15th, 2011 (10 AM)
Anmore Scouts will be collecting bottles from 10:00 am onwards. Please place all bottles (beer, wine, pop, etc) curbside by 10 AM for the Scouts to collect. These community bottle drives are the primary funding source for the many activities of the Anmore Cubs and Scouts and they really appreciate your support!
We had our 2nd Annual Terry Fox Run in Anmore on September 18th, but this past Wednesday . Sept 28th, it was the students of Anmore Elementary that went out to support the Terry Fox Foundation with a run around Anmore Elementary school yard.
Seeing a sea of kids running in support of such a great cause is really heart warming. I volunteered to hand out stickers to my son's class and it was great seeing all those happy faces reach the finish line, with a message that they could run to make a difference.
Anmore Elementary has been in our community since before we were an official municipality and it really is the heart of the area for so many young families.
Anmore Elementary is one of only a few schools in the Tri-Cities that has a full community use agreement with the municipality. For those that don't know, the gym, multi-purpose room and library area is available for community activities from 4 pm - 10 pm from M-F. A calendar of activities is now available on the Village of Anmore web site HERE.
We had our annual Terry Fox Run in Anmore on September 18th, but today, it's the students of Anmore Elementary that went out to support the Terry Fox Foundation with a run around Anmore Elementary school yard.
Seeing a sea of kids running in support of such a great cause is really heart warming. I volunteered to hand out stickers to my son's class and it was great seeing all those happy faces reach the finish line, with a message that they could run to fight cancer.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. It's great to be out in the community, participating in some of the great events in and around Anmore and speaking to residents about what matters to them!