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Whistler residents can weigh in on planned Meadow Park upgrades until June 9

Upgraded playground, spray park, off-leash dog area preferred by residents, survey says
An artist's rendering of proposed upgrades to Meadow Park in Whistler.

A few common themes emerged during the Resort Municipality of Whistler's (RMOW) first round of engagement on planned upgrades for Meadow Park.

So far, public preference leans towards upgrading the playground and replacing the spray park, as well as adding an off-leash dog area and a youth area, according to an engagement summary released by the RMOW.

Using that feedback, the RMOW created a Draft Master Plan for the park upgrades, which are being funded by the provincial Resort Municipality Initiative program.

Residents have until June 9 at midnight to weigh in on the proposed upgrades.

In this round, the RMOW is looking for input on:

  • the Valley Trail alignment;
  • the amount of proposed shade (both trees and structures);
  • the amount of seating;
  • the features for the spray park and playground.

The project was announced earlier this year, and Phase 1 engagement took place in January and February.

Whistler's parks have been under the spotlight this year, after proposed upgrades to Rainbow Park caused a small uproar in the community in January.

That sent the RMOW back to the drawing board, and new plans for Rainbow were presented in March.

The upgrades to Meadow Park aim to improve accessibility and utilization, and bring the aging spray park in line with local water conservation bylaws and Vancouver Coastal Health guidelines, which the spray park currently does not meet. The redevelopment will be limited to the 40-year-old park, and will not include any work on the adjoining Meadow Park Sports Centre. 

“We'll be going through a design process through the rest of the year and looking to start construction next year,” said RMOW manager of resort parks planning Martin Pardoe in January.  

“Meadow Park is underutilized compared to Rainbow Park. There is a way that we can shift some of the demand or accommodate more people at Meadow Park through making changes to broaden its appeal."