City of Parksville announces two virtual engagement sessions for proposed aquatic and recreation centre

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Two workshops to gather feedback about a proposed aquatic and recreation centre in Parksville originally scheduled for in-person meetings will instead be held virtually.

The 90 minute sessions are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 and will include facilitated discussions, small-group exercises and activities to help determine how and where the multiplex could most benefit the community, according to a release from the city.

The workshops, to be facilitated by HDR, are meant to help the city understand what residents consider key locations, points of interest and features in Parksville.

“In small groups, participants will spend a few minutes in their neighbour’s shoes, as ‘personas’ are used to help understand the various needs of everyone in the community,” the release reads.

At the end of the workshop, participants will use this information, community values and community needs, to help identify potential locations for the multiplex, as well as what amenities and programs should be prioritized, according to the city.

Anyone interested in participating can email hdr@parksville.ca.

Starting Oct. 13 and running through early November, the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre atrium will feature a series of display boards to help residents understand the engagement process. 

The displays are designed to help people learn about the project’s history, review the feasibility study results and recent field studies and catch up on engagement efforts to date, the city said. 

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