You might have heard that the provincial government has put $20 million dollars into a program that will help BC communities build public plazas and parks. This is called the Spirit Squares program. Looks like we are eligible for up to $500 000, provided we put up the same amount in money, citizen time, or other resources. For every dollar the province approves, we have to put up a dollar. Council as a whole is steering our local planning - and its proving to be quite challenging. Questions that have arisen so far:
- How much city money can/should we allocate to our spirit square project?
- Should the spirit square be on the north shore or the south shore? Or should we have one square on each shore?
- How much can / should we involve community groups, businesses, individual citizens in the planning and funding of the spirit square project?
It is an interesting process to go through. Next step is to figure out how much money and/or other resources we want to spend on this effort.