Rotary looks for green light on bright idea for Boitanio Park

Rotary Club of Williams Lake president Nancy Giesbrecht outlines areas in Boitanio Park where her club would like to see lighting installed. - Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Rotary Club of Williams Lake president Nancy Giesbrecht outlines areas in Boitanio Park where her club would like to see lighting installed.
— image credit: Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

If the Rotary Club of Williams Lake gets its wish, Boitanio Park will be a safer place.

On Tuesday evening, Rotary president Nancy Giesbrecht and member Dave Dickson shared the club’s vision for Williams Lake’s biggest downtown park at a committee of the whole meeting.

The Rotarians explained a vision for the park that includes dozens of carriage lights throughout the park, a small garden, some historical signs, replacing every tree that is lost to disease, and a new paved path for people with mobility issues.

“Boitanio Park is the jewel of our city,” said Dickson, who is also the RCMP’s safer communities co-ordinator.

“My challenge to the city of Williams Lake is this is our front room and our showcase. Are we going to let a few people spoil it for us? No, we need to take  back our park.”

Showing a map of the park, with dozens of blue dots indicating where lights would go, Dickson said lighting would enhance the safety of the park.

Each light would cost $3,750, and have the ability to light up an area of 50 feet.

To light up the area from the entrance on Borland Street to the skate board park, it’s estimated 27 lights are needed.

“It’s a big cost item, but if we do it strategically and project the program out for three to five years, whatever, it’s do-able,” Dickson said.

Two organizations have come forward and donated $7,000, and Rotary has contributed so there’s more than $10,000 committed already, Giesbrecht said.

Rotary would also like to see more recreational opportunities in the park to make it more viable.

“There is a challenge with electricity, we don’t have enough power in the park,” manager of general services Geoff Goodall said.

“We’ve worked with BC Hydro and we have an idea of bringing a three-phase service in the corner by the complex.”

If installed, the station would be the ultimate feed for the entire park.

Rotary asked if the city will consider partnering with the project.

Council asked staff to work with club to develop a business plan to be brought back to council for further consideration.


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