Gotta love those acronyms… The Kamloops Natural Areas Advisory Committee has had two official meetings now. So far we’ve gotten most but not all of the administrative overhead out of the way, such as finding out who all the various reps from the various interest groups are, creating a contact and mailing list, and developing meeting schedules and a Terms of Reference. Not the most exciting stuff, but all very necessary steps when dealing with 24 people from diverse groups trying to meet towards some common goals. The group will be meeting monthly and we have a loose idea formed on what the expectations and deliverables will be from this committee to the City staff. Mountain Bikers are well represented with lots of multi-activity park users getting a seat at the table.
We spent some time reviewing the maps for the “natural areas” parks within the city and learning about what some of them have to offer the citizens, and what issues, conflicts and challenges some of these parks have. Turns out there are a lot more parks than I knew of: some new, some old, some small and some huge. Our focus will be on the two big ones first with a revision of the original Management Plans for Kenna Cartwright and Peterson Creek parks.
Hopefully we can raise the hot topic of the closed trails with the parks staff soon. The discussion point will likely start with “What makes a trail designated vs unauthorized?” and then proceed into “What can we do to get certain trails designated and re-opened?”
Also coming soon to the city website… is the DRAFT version of the “Trails Master Plan” which we’ll forward the info on as it becomes available.