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Rotary Park & Beach is located at 6759 Lakeside Drive and includes a beach, picnic area, playground equipment, and washrooms. A number of issues had been identified, and the section below identifies a variety of potential solutions for each which have been discussed thus far.
Issue Potential Solution
1. Geese Create Natural Barrier – Create barrier between water’s edge and grass – riparian area, cattails, etc. Motion sprinklers? Dummy-birds? Continue egg addling. Work with neighbouring property owners to develop a
2. Slope on east side is difficult to mow. Naturalize Slope – Allow portions of the slope to naturalize to minimize mowing steep areas.
3. Irrigation problems: Adjust Irrigation Timing – Adjust the timing so water doesn’t pond near slope toe. Adjust the heads to remove those closest to the sand that get jammed.
4. Unused west side: Introduce paddling center with dock. Lease to others at first? Storage area for boats. Reduce mowing on the west side to maybe once or twice per year to allow it to naturalize. Create meadow look around boating area (it will get worn down anyway by boat loading, etc.).
5. Not enough picnic tables (only 5-6) Introduce more benches and tables. Move away from concrete tables, but create larger cement pads for tables (current ones are too small). Install composite on the cement terrace so it’s friendlier for sitting.
6. Park Accessibility Increase Accessibility – Open up the main pedestrian entrance to provide a more welcoming entrance to the park and include wheelchair accessible ramp(s). Develop a less formal walkway down to the dock/water as part of the paddling centre. Create a couple of accessible picnic tables. Washrooms will need fixing to make them accessible (currently steps).
7. Swimming area poorly defined and lacking interest. Invest in swimming area – Waterslide. Buoys to define the swim area. Water Quality – Publicize the current water testing on site and in paper. Public perception that the water is dirty, but it gets tested every week.
8. Park Upgrades Bathroom roof – Plant green roof on bathroom building (currently sheet metal view).Fence on eastern side (Lakeside resort barbed wire fence) – Install a neighbor-friendly fence or planting to discourage access to the barbed wire.
Manager Carol Sheridan made a recent presentation to the Oliver Rotary Club to suggest a legacy project for the local club in the next few years. ODN toured Rotary Beach with Sheridan today.