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Open House Set to Go Next Week for Proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service and Alternative Approval Process

The RDEK is hoping for a good turnout to an upcoming Open House regarding the proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service and upcoming elector assent process.

“While a project page has been set up online with detailed information about the proposal and elector assent process, we know there are some people who don’t have access to computers or who prefer in-person discussions,” says RDEK Electoral Area E Director Jane Walter. “We felt it was important to provide that more personal opportunity and are encouraging residents within the proposed service area to join us at the Open House next week.”

The Open House will be held on October 6 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Wasa Community Hall.  Director Walter and members of the RDEK staff will be on hand to answer questions.  It will be a drop-in format and there will be no formal presentation, so people are invited to come and go.  COVID protocols will be in place and masks will be required to be worn.

The proposal includes a parcel tax of up to $45/year for everyone within the proposed service area, which would generate up to $28,800 per year to be directed to the Wasa Recreation Society for the operation and maintenance of:

  • Wasa Community Hall
  • outdoor kitchen area
  • tennis courts
  • outdoor ice arena
  • public washroom facility
  • softball fields
  • Wasa Lions Trail and playground  

This new service would provide a stable funding stream to ensure the continued operation of these community amenities. At present, the facilities are funded through efforts of community volunteers who have expressed concern that maintaining the required level of volunteerism and fundraising is unsustainable. 

Additional information about the proposed service, details on the elector assent process, a map of the service area, and more are available on https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/wasarecreation or through the RDEK’s Cranbrook office.