An Email From Parks and Recreation

Hi Larry, my apologies for the length of time it’s taken to respond.  We needed to confirm that the information we were providing was correct and unfortunately that took longer than expected. 

 

Having clarified the limitations of development within a public park with consideration to the Parks Bylaw and the Community Charter, we can see there being 2 options for development of a year round market.  For either option we strongly recommend a thorough feasibility study be done to help guide the direction of the IRMC;

 

Option 1:

 Continue to pursue development at Beban Park (or any City Park)

·        Move to a registered not-for-profit governance model,

·        Scale back the scope of the project to a ‘farmers market’ only**,

·        Operate no more than 2 days per week,

·        Phase facility development over time starting with a covered outdoor space suitable for year round market use.

 

**A farmers' market is defined as a physical retail market featuring foods sold directly by farmers to consumers. Farmers' markets typically consist of booths, tables or stands, outdoors or indoors, where farmers sell fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, prepared foods and beverages and sometimes handmade arts and crafts.

 

Option 2:

Pursue development anywhere other than a City park

·        Keep existing project vision as a public market with retail and other associated business uses,

·        Lease land or building from private sector or City at market rent,

·        Identify community partners to help fund.

 

Please give me a call if you have any questions.

 

Mary

 

Mary B. Smith

Manager, Recreation Services

Department of Parks & Recreation

phone 250-756-5201

www.nanaimo.ca