Lewis Farms Recreation Centre Update

Lewis Farms Recreation Centre Update

I wrote a blog post back in October emphasizing my support for the Lewis Farms Recreation Centre. Alleviating the need for additional recreational capacity in West Edmonton remains a priority of mine, and given everything that happened through 2019-2022 Capital Budget deliberations I’d like to give you a brief update on where we are today with the proposed rec centre.

Ward Budgets

Ward Budgets

One of the most important responsibilities I have as a City Councillor is to act as a steward for public funds, ensuring that taxpayer dollars and City resources are used efficiently and effectively. As part of this role, my Council colleagues and I spent several months in the latter half of last year deliberating and fine-tuning the 2019-22 Capital and Operating budgets to ensure the City will continue to deliver services Edmontonians need and value over the next four years, and well into the future.

Our responsibility doesn’t end with these larger budgets, though. We also have a number of other funds and expenditures to oversee, including our ward budgets, which have drawn some attention over the past month. I’d like to take this opportunity to outline what these budgets are used for and the policy that regulates their use.

First Kilometre/Last Kilometre Challenge

First Kilometre/Last Kilometre Challenge

The proposed Bus Network Redesign has been the source of much discussion and community-led engagement in Ward 5 over the past several months. Some Ward 5 residents are rightly concerned about how this change could impact their travel patterns and their access to our transit network, and given the current uncertainty from a process perspective I would like to offer some information as to where we are today on this issue.

Lewis Farms Recreation Centre

Lewis Farms Recreation Centre

The Lewis Farms Recreation Centre is a project that I campaigned heavily on, and it is clear that it would fill a significant need for West End residents that has been met in other areas of Edmonton. We need this project built. Not only would it add much needed recreation capacity to West Edmonton, it would also add a library, a daycare, a high school and several other community-minded amenities that West Edmontonians need.