December Project Update

Fernie Annex Park Engagement and Wellness Station Design

The City has formed an Advisory Group to review public feedback, provide recommendations, and generate ideas for discretionary elements, such as wellness stations.

The group is made up of representatives from the Francophone school, the Seniors’ community, Fernie Academy, Fernie & District Historical Society, Elk River Alliance, Tourism Fernie, and Fernie City Administration. There are a few outstanding invitations circulating in the community and we will update the members list should they be accepted.

Over the course of eight weeks in the new year, the group will be exploring different ideas and making recommendations in the following areas:

  • Overall theme of wellness stations
  • Location of wellness stations
  • Physical expression of theme, the fun part, determining exactly what a wellness station can look like (Considering amenities such as exercise equipment, benches, storyboards, structures, etc.)

Orientation packages will be distributed to advisory group members this month, with the group meeting up for their first activity in early January.

The first activity will be a Walkshop (i.e., group members meeting up to walk the trail) - by taking a walk together we are looking to spatialize ideas and provide participants with an interactive forum to share stories about living in Fernie.

From here, we’ll move into biweekly Advisory Group meetings, exploring some BIG IDEAS with the group and delving into what their visions are for the Annex Trail project. Summaries of these meetings will be posted to the project website to capture the advisory group’s activities.

The Big Ideas Board and detailed Engagement Plan (including Terms of Reference for the Advisory Group) is available to view in the 'Documents' section of this project page.

The broader public will have access to a comment forum on the project webpage for providing their feedback on the Advisory Group’s progress. To provide additional public access, the February 3rd Advisory Group will be live streamed and recorded for the public to view.

Public Notice: Annex Park Construction

Please note the Annex Park will be unavailable as an event space from May 1, 2022, to October 31, 2022, due to construction related to the Annex Dike and Park Improvements Project.

We understand the impact this construction has to users of the Annex Park during 2022. We appreciate your patience as we work to provide robust flood protection and improved active transportation options to the Fernie community.

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