Rossland City Council Briefs

Two-year extension on Skatepark construction

About half a dozen supporters attended Monday nights meeting awaiting the decision of council after the delegation from the Rossland Skatepark Association (RSA) on April 28.

RSA proposed that Council continue to dedicate the southeast corner of the Emcon Yard to the building of a Skatepark for an additional two years.

The group has asked for extension to explore further funding opportunities.

Members of the Skatepark Association know that it has been a long hull but they promise that their hard work will pay off.

Looking back a couple of years to May of 2011 that’s when there was talk of choosing a site for this Skatepark and since then it has come a long way.

When the time came to debate the issue during the meeting the members of Council agreed upon the two-year extension.

The remaining members of RSA were pleased to hear this and will move forward with fundraising.

Keeping the shuttle bus services free

Rossland had its best winter ever according to the accommodations revenue received and it might just have to do with the shuttle bus.

“It was by far way more successful than I had ever anticipated” said Deanne Steven, Executive Director of Tourism Rossland, who presented Council with the 2013/2014 Free Ride Shuttle Bus Report as well as proposing new changes for next year along with the rationale for keeping its services free during the Council meeting last Monday.

In total over 19,000 people were transported during the winter months.

Just over 14,000 of them were locals, leaving a total of about 5,000 visiting passengers.

Throughout the season a survey was presented to riders.

One of those questions asked how many people would continue to use this service at two dollars of charge.

A percentage of 59 per cent said no to using the service at two dollars a trip.

What Tourism Rossland learned is that “if we charge we are not going to get enough people on the bus and we’re not going to get enough revenue” said Steven.

Believing strongly that this service should remain free.

Steven also talked about carbon reduction.

Due to the usage of the shuttle bus the carbon reduction was 28.39 tonnes.

Next year Tourism Rossland hopes to accommodate students into the shuttle service as well as extending its services to lower Rossland.

Perhaps even purchasing a larger bus to accommodate more people.

The continuation of the shuttle service being free requires money from within the community to keep the bus moving.

Tourism Rossland is making this their top priority.

Launch week for new educational initiative

The Innovative Education Task Force delegated their latest initiative at Monday’s Council meeting.

The project is called Monashee Institute and is based around creating unforgettable learning experiences in the world’s coolest mountain town.

The Task Force is launching this project locally this week.

“We appreciate the funding and support from the city for this new initiative” said Amy Short the new coordinator on the Task Force.

The project will include a website where people can register for different courses, workshops and recreational activities online.

“We want to build a learning hub…that attracts locals and visitors together and…offer people a glimpse of the life and culture that Rossland has” said Short.

The initiative allows locals to be active participants in this project by allowing them to share their passions and talents with applicants.

According to Tourism BC, warmth of community, natural assets and recreational opportunities are the biggest reason for travelling to a town.

“That is Rossland in a nutshell,” said Short who wants to use education and tourism to attract people and create revenue for Rossland.

There will be an open house on Wed. May 21 at the Rossland Art Gallery at 6 p.m. for anyone who wants to learn more about this project and perhaps get involved.


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