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Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:14

Chinook Parkway plan to connect Swift Current

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By John R. Statton — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Future development of the Chinook Parkway has been planned for the next 25 years.

The Final Master Plan was presented to the Chinook Parkway Board (CPB) May 10.

The board approved the plan unanimously. The City tasked Gordon Forsyth and Associates in 2008 to create the plan.

Councillor Tim Bugera was on the CPB, and was impressed with the way the master plan was drafted.

“Some recommendations were that the planner felt we could move things towards a natural look in some areas – leaving the grass to grow instead of cutting it,” said Bugera. “It was a pretty extensive plan and took a couple years to put together, but it looks like it will be well worth the City’s investment to have it.”

The plan provided guidelines and direction for the future development of the City’s pathways.

Secondary trail linkages to the Chinook Parkway were included in the plan.

The Master Plan process covered six areas including: Project initiation, extensive site analysis, schematic design development, a public open house, review of the draft plan with the CPB, and the final plan. It is a physical planning document that provides observations and suggested guidelines for operations of the parkway, and mentions political, economic and budgeting factors.

Councillor Gord Budd served as acting mayor at the May 16 city council meeting, as Mayor Jerrod Schafer was away on vacation.

“I got the see the plan last week and I was very impressed – it’s a very large document and a very detailed one – but it essentially gives us a guide for the next 25 years of how we can keep developing our parkway, and keep up the existing parkway,” said Budd. “I’d love to be here 25 years from now and see the whole thing in place – it’s going to tie the whole city together, and you’re going to be able to get anywhere via the parkway – it’s very unique to Swift Current.”

The agreement between the province and the City expired in 2008, and the City executed a new agreement in 2009. The agreement covers funding, design, development, construction, maintenance and operation of the parkway.  

The province of Saskatchewan has contributed approximately $2 million in funding for the Chinook Parkway since 1983, when council approved the original plan.

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