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File #: 20-024    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Period Report Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 1/6/2020 In control: Special Committee of the Whole
On agenda: 1/13/2020 Final action:
Title: Parks and Recreation Services Department - 2019 Third Period Report
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DATE: January 6, 2019 Report No. P&R-20-001
TO: Laurie Hurst, Chief Administrative Officer
FROM: Scott Hartman, Director of Parks and Recreation Services
SUBJECT:TITLE Parks and Recreation Services Department - 2019 Third Period Report

The following is a report on the activities pertaining to the Parks and Recreation Services Department from September 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.


1. Parks Services

* 32 new boulevard trees were planted, 30 boulevard trees were pruned, and 23 old boulevard trees were removed.
* 31 applications for private tree removal/pruning permits were submitted, 32 trees were approved for removal, 16 trees were approved for pruning, and 3 trees were denied for removal.
* A community engagement survey for Hither Green Park had 60 residents participate, providing feedback to guide the playground tendering and design process.
* All the benches and tables in Captain Jacobson Park were refurbished.
* A "Branch Out" event was held on October 26th at Gorge Park. 450 trees were planted at the estuary of Gorge Creek.
* Another "Branch Out" event was held on November 16th at Gorge Park, with a focus on invasive plant removal at Gorge Creek.
* The Victoria Rhododendron Society donated 30 hybrid Rhododendrons, which were planted in the Rhododendron walk at Gorge Park.
* Esquimalt Parks assisted in hosting several community events including: slow pitch tournaments, Esquimalt RibFest and the Esquimalt Farmers Market.
* Park bookings between September - December 2019:
o Saxe Point Park - 83
o Esquimalt Gorge Park - 10
o Bullen Park - 103
o L'Ecole Brodeur - 63
o Memorial Park - 3

2. Recreation Services

Marketing & Registration
* 4,285 course registrations were processed during this period, increase from 3,918 last year in the same period.
* Pass sales are continuing to show a trend in preference compared to the purchase of an annual pass. Totals as follows:
o Annual - 451 (com...

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