Bonny Bryant hired as Director of Park Operations

The Cultus Lake Park Board, after a cross-Canada search, is pleased to announce that we have hired Bonny Bryant as the new Director of Park Operations. Bonny will assume her duties on September 14, 2015.

Bonny is an accomplished public sector professional with more than 30 years of experience. She has had direct service delivery and leadership responsibility for a wide range of municipal and provincial portfolios. Bonny brings a proven track record of success as a strategic leader of complex teams and challenging assignments. She has held senior executive positions with the Cities of Ottawa, Lethbridge and Regina and has most recently worked with the Province of Saskatchewan. She is a skilled administrator with extensive experience in strategic planning, creating positive change, building strong teams and strategic partnerships.

Bonny has excellent academic credentials. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Carleton University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. She also has international accreditation in Public Participation and has taken Executive Education at Harvard University.

Bonny’s vast knowledge of managing parks was largely acquired during her tenure with the City of Regina as the General Manager of Community & Protective Services. Among her responsibilities was managing Parks and Open Space and Recreation and Culture. This included over 2,106 ha of parks and open spaces, 30+ kilometers of a multi-use pathway system and over 140 parks and playgrounds. She was also a board member of the Wascana Park Board. Wascana Park is a 9.3 square kilometer park built around Wascana Lake and is the fourth largest urban park in Canada.

Bonny takes great passion and pride in public service. Her extensive career has shown her how service to the community makes a positive and profound difference. She believes in the value and importance of being a professional public servant who is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the citizens of the community in which she lives.

Cultus Lake Park presents and exciting opportunity for Bonny, as she strongly believes that we are all one team which includes the Board, the staff, the local community, the City of Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley Regional District, the Soowahlie First Nation community, and the millions of visitors that come to the park each year – we have our separate and unique roles but we all have a vested interest in the success of our park. By working together as a strong team we will accomplish great things.

Bonny and her husband Doug are thrilled about residing at Cultus Lake with its beautiful natural surroundings and are looking forward to contributing all they can to its success.

Cultus Lake Community Association AGM Aug 23

The AGM will take place at 1 pm in the Community School gym. Everyone is welcome.

Presentations will be made by:

  • Park Board Chair David Renwick with a Park Board update
  • Vice Chair Joe Lamb & FVRD Planner - update on PlanCultus and recent survey 
  • Commissioner Larry Payeur & FVRD Emergency Services Manager Chris Wilson - Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation Procedures at the lake
  • Commissioner Rose Turcasso - Community Events and Activities Committee updates
  • Cultus Lake Trail Society - Lakeside Trail planning and progress

- On behalf of Mark Tole, President of the Cultus Lake Community Association

 

Road Line Painting July 28 - 30: Lakeshore and Munroe

The Cultus Lake Public Works department will be painting the yellow lines on Lakeshore and Munroe, Tues July 28 through Thurs July 30.

Residents and their visitors are asked to park within the existing yellow lines to allow staff to paint the yellow lines on both roads. Please avoid straddling or covering yellow lines during this time.  If this is not possible, residents are encouraged to park in Lot A, displaying a resident or guest parking permit.

You are welcome to contact David Stelmack at 604-847-2047 if you have any questions about this project. 

Thank you for your cooperation

Community & Park Plan Open House July 25 and Online Survey

Dear Cultus Lake Park Community Member,

Re: Version 2 Draft PlanCultus, a Community and Park Plan for Cultus Lake Park

Cultus Lake Park, in collaboration with the Fraser Valley Regional District, has undertaken a process to create a new Community and Park Plan for Cultus Lake Park. Since the first version of the PlanCultus Draft was distributed in January 2015, we have been meeting with stakeholder groups and the Future Plan Advisory Committee, making changes and refinements to the plan based on feedback received.

We now have Version 2 complete, and are actively seeking community input for this second draft. Along with this letter, we have included a summary of Version 2 of the draft plan, and a survey asking your opinion on the proposed land use changes, to be returned by August 7.

The full Version 2 of the draft plan is available online at:

http://plancultus.com/

If you would prefer to fill out the survey online by August 7, it can be found here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/plancultus

The next step in the planning process is to gather all the community feedback and further refine the draft (to create Version 3). The Future Plan Advisory Committee and Cultus Lake Park Board will review and finalize the Version 3 draft, which will then be distributed for a final round of community consultation this fall, prior to being considered by the Park Board for adoption as a Park Bylaw.

Thank you for your active participation in planning for the future of Cultus Lake! Please contact FVRD Planning Staff at 604-702-5000 or by email planning@fvrd.bc.ca if you have any questions or comments related to the planning process.

Sincerely,

Joe Lamb

Chair, Future Plan Advisory Committee

Vice-Chair, Cultus Lake Park Board

Cultus Lake Park

PlanCultus v2 Review and Survey - YOUR INPUT REQUESTED

Help plan for the future of Cultus Lake Park! 

The Cultus Lake Park Board is collaborating with the Fraser Valley Regional District to develop a new Park Plan to guide the future of Cultus Lake Park. This plan will be used as a guiding policy document for land use in the park for the next 20 years and beyond.  

Join the FVRD Planners in the Park for Open Houses to review the Draft Plan on July 18th and 25th, from 10 am to 2pm at Main Beach. 

If you are unable to attend please visit www.plancultus.com to review or print the plan. You are invited to complete and submit the 2015 Draft Plan Survey. Your feedback will be included in consideration of the final Official Community Park Plan that is to be adopted by the Cultus Lake Park Board later this year.

Deadline for survey submission and comments is August 7, 2015. 

PlanCultus Community and Park Plan v2

 

Park Board Meeting July 15 - Public Info Session and Delegations

Paul Gipps, CAO of the Fraser Valley Regional District, and Tareq Islam, Director of Engineering and Community Services for the FVRD, will be on hand at a PUBLIC INFORMATION AND QUESTION SESSION regarding the contracting out by the Park Board to the Regional District to operate and manage the Cultus Lake Park water utility. There will be time for questions from the public after the presentation.

Margaret Thornton, Director of Planning and Development, and Aja Philp, Planner, from the Fraser Valley Regional District will present the Park Board with Version 2 of the PlanCultus document and the public survey in advance of the Planners in the Park Open Houses on July 18 and July 25 from 10 to 2 at Main Beach.

There will be a presentation by J. Young and E. Vance of the Lakeside Trail Society, to discuss the plans and progress of a multi-stakeholder scenic walking trail around Cultus Lake.

Click here to access the agenda package and previous packages and minutes of Park Board meetings. 

The public is encouraged to attend. Free wifi is available in the Boardroom to follow the meeting agenda electronically. Please mute all devices while in attendance.

Thank you.

FIRE BAN in effect at noon on Saturday June 27 until further notice

Please be advised that effective noon Saturday June 27, Cultus Lake Park and Sunnyside Campground will be under a fully enforced fire ban. Only CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves approved for use in Cultus Lake Park and Sunnyside campground will be permitted.

The following are prohibited from use during a fire ban:

  • all open flame including candles, tiki torches, wood fires, decorative propane fires and any other open flame not used for cooking.  The use of hibachis, charcoal, coal, briquettes, and any type of container is prohibited.

Refer to the Good Neighbour Bylaw Section 9, page 13 for full details on fire bans.

Previous notice of a fire ban effective June 29th is hereby rescinded.

Thank you.

Planners in the Park: PlanCultus Draft Plan Review

Help plan for the future of Cultus Lake Park! 

The Cultus Lake Park Board is collaborating with the Fraser Valley Regional District to develop a new Park Plan to guide the future of Cultus Lake Park. This plan will be used as a guiding policy document for land use in the park for the next 20 years and beyond.  

Join the Planners in the Park for Open Houses to review the Draft Plan on July 18th and 25th, from 10 am to 2pm at Main Beach. 

FVRD Liquid Waste Management Plan - Please participate in survey

The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) invites you to contribute to creating a long-term plan that aims to protect and enhance the environment and public health in the Cultus Lake area. FVRD is developing a Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) to establish a 20-year plan for managing liquid waste in the Cultus Lake area. The project will examine existing conditions and identify options for the long-term management of liquid wastes, such as wastewater, stormwater, agricultural runoff, and biosolids. The FVRD has commissioned Urban Systems Ltd. to facilitate this process over the next 18 to 24 months. The LWMP utilizes a transparent public process to solicit ideas and comments from the citizens for their opinions on management of liquid wastes.
 
FVRD invites you to access the link below and participate in the survey.  Here is a newsletter to give some background information to go with the LWMP survey.  
 

http://fluidsurveys.com/s/cultuslakeLWMPstage1/
 

Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas and concerns!

Park Board Meeting June 17

Click here to access the Cultus Lake Park Board agenda package, filled with background material and recommendations for the upcoming meeting.

Everyone is welcome to attend. There is free wifi in the Boardroom to enable you to follow the agenda electronically. Please remember to mute your devices before the meeting starts.

Good Neighbour Bylaw and the Summer Months

We would like to remind everyone that the Park will soon be operating on a summer schedule. This means that effective June 23 through September 30, beaches, wharves and park areas, including paid parking lots, will be open from 7 am to 11 pm. It is prohibited for any person to use closed public areas, including beaches, docks, parks and parking lots. (GNB 1041-13 section 8.4)

Please be aware that the bylaw also regulates littering, street nuisances, dog control and licensing, property maintenance, burning conditions, restrictions and fire bans as well as tree maintenance and replacement. The intent of the bylaw is to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the Park by all. For information and convenience you can find the complete bylaw on this webpage.

If you wish to report a bylaw violation, contact Park Patrol at (604) 858-5298. *The mission of Park Patrol is to provide professional and efficient bylaw enforcement service for the residents of Cultus Lake, as well as all visitors to the Park.  To enforce the bylaws of Cultus Lake and in doing so ensure the safety and enjoyment for all people at Cultus Lake.  To be visible and approachable to all members of the public and to remain courteous and professional at all times.*

For all criminal matters, including open alcohol or drunkeness, contact the RCMP first. For non-emergencies call the Chilliwack detachment at (604) 792-4611 or call 911 for all police, fire and ambulance emergencies.

Have a safe and fun-filled summer!  Thank you.

Dogs in the Park and at the Beach

This is important information for all dog walkers and dog owners at Cultus Lake Park, whether resident, camper or visitor. The Park is dog-friendly, with the following regulations in place for the safety and consideration of all:

DOGS MUST BE LEASHED AND UNDER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES IN THE PARK. (Except when contained on private property, i.e. residence or vehicle.)

DOGS MUST BE WALKED ON THE PATHS TO THE DOG BEACH, NOT ALONG THE BEACH  until arrival at the designated dog beach/swim area. Dog swim areas are well marked with signs. There is a large fenced off-leash dog play area behind the Plaza.

DOG SWIM AREAS: dogs must be under control at all times when at the designated swim areas. This is for the safety of all people and dogs in the area. 

DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO RUN AT LARGE in any public area in the Park, including the grassed areas and paths and trails in the trees. 

DOG DROPPINGS MUST BE PICKED UP IMMEDIATELY!

Please be advised that Park Patrol and Sunnyside Campground Bylaw Enforcement Officers will be making frequent patrols of the beach, and violation tickets will be issued for contravention of the above regulations from the Good Neighbour Bylaw.

Help keep the beach at Cultus Lake clean and safe for all to enjoy.

Thank you.

Park Board meeting June 3

Click here to access the Cultus Lake Park Board agenda package, filled with background material and recommendations for the upcoming meeting.

Everyone is welcome to attend. There is free wifi in the Boardroom to enable you to follow the agenda electronically. Please remember to mute your devices before the meeting starts.