February 05, 2014 - 1:30 PM
KELOWNA - The City of Kelowna recently announced they will put up $100,000 for improvements in the Rutland area, and they are looking to the public for suggestions on how it should be spent.
The project is in partnership with the city, the Uptown Rutland Business Association, the Rutland Residents Association and The Rutland Unified Stakeholders Team.
Sustainablity Coordinator Michelle Kam says the money can be used for capital infrastructure or community programming and will constitute a pilot for the Strong Neighbourhood Project. The intent of the project is to develop a resident-driven, city wide strategy that invites and encourages residents’ participation.
“These are going to be community-determined and Rutland-focused actions,” she says, adding that the project could be used for one large project or several smaller ones.
Examples given include farmer’s markets, public art, public space improvements such as public benches and lighting, improved signage and other community programs that the city has not thought of.
Since 2011, $25 million has been spent by the city on new transit facilities, sidewalks, parks, and recreation facility upgrades.
The public is asked to register online with the city where they can propose and vote on how the money should be spent.
There will also be a series of meetings in February where residents can suggest and vote on ideas in person.
Locations include the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Club Feb. 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Plaza 33 Shopping Centre, Feb. 6 from noon to 2:30 p.m., Willow Park Plaza Shopping Centre, Feb. 6 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Rutland Centennial Hall Flea Market, Feb. 9 and 16 from 9 a.m. to noon, Rutland Activities Centre Feb. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the YMCA, Feb. 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The ideas will be gathered between now and Feb. 20 and can be shared on Twitter (#OurRutland) and on Facebook.
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