Maple Ridge Spurs Change to Parks & Leisure Services
CITY OF PITT MEADOWS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2015 #2015-07
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John Becker, Mayor 604.465.2416
MAPLE RIDGE SPURS CHANGE TO PARKS & LEISURE SERVICES
Pitt Meadows, BC – After 21 years partnering under a joint parks & leisure services model, the City of Pitt Meadows and the City of Maple Ridge will be transitioning to independent services for their communities. The City of Maple Ridge yesterday provided notice of their intention to withdraw from the current agreement, giving each city until October 31, 2016 to transition to a new service model.
"While the City of Pitt Meadows disagrees with the notion that Pitt Meadows residents benefited at the expense of taxpayers in Maple Ridge, we appreciate the many years we have partnered with Maple Ridge on providing these services to our residents, and believe the previous agreement served both communities well during that period," said Mayor John Becker.
"However, as growing communities, we see benefits to providing these services independently."
During the transition year, Pitt Meadows will be working to put in place plans for recreation and cultural programming, parks management, and sport, field, and facility usage. With parks & leisure services as the second-largest cost to the community, the City will need to review what model would best meet citizens’ expectations in a fiscally responsible manner.
Both Councils had recently been expressing concerns over rising costs and this provides an opportunity to realign citizen expectations with service delivery.
"We will hit the ground running in making decisions on how this will look," said Kim Grout, the City’s chief administrative officer.
"We appreciate there are still many questions to be answered, but we will work with Maple Ridge and with stakeholder groups to ensure that there is a seamless transition to our users and citizens."
The October 31, 2016 conclusion date for the agreement will provide a full year to plan the transition process in a manner that minimizes any negative impact on current employees and the community.