The Mar. 1, 2017, Community and Protective Services Committee meeting included:
Calgary Parks Enhanced Maintenance Program Review
Council received the report for information and directed Administration to implement the proposed program amendments regarding improving communication, clarity and consistency of the program.
For over twenty years, Calgary Parks has offered a process for communities to request enhanced landscape maintenance in their parks and green spaces. On 2016 March 14, Council directed Administration to undertake a review of the enhanced maintenance program and report back no later than Q1 2017. Administration analyzed the current state of the program and interviewed stakeholder representatives to gauge the program’s effectiveness and determine if changes are warranted. The review determined that the program is still highly valued by the majority of citizens in participating communities. Adjustments to communications, clarity, and consistency would make the program more efficient and effective for both citizens and Administration, and would further protect taxpayer assets and interests. Alternatives to the current program were also investigated; however no other option is as viable or cost-effective at such a large scale.
2016 Advisory Committee on Accessibility Annual Update
Council approved the amended ACA Strategic Plan 2017-2026 and deferred the 2017 Accessibility Policy to the SPC on Community and Protective Services no later than 2018 March 31.
The City of Calgary is positioning itself to respond to the needs of Calgarians with disabilities through actions taken by Administration and the Advisory Committee for Accessibility (ACA). ACA has updated its Strategic Plan to illustrate its new ten year timeframe 2017-2026, reflecting the anticipated length of time required to complete ACA’s strategic goal areas. In future the ACA will provide a progress report on its accomplishments and achievements, which will include proactive accessibility work informing the upcoming provincial City Charter and Federal Accessibility Legislation, advising on the implementation of the Access Design Standards, the review of new accessibility technology, the implementation of improved accessible communications, progress on accessible transportation, accessible affordable housing and collaborative leadership activities demonstrating The City’s commitment to accessibility. Significant work has also been undertaken on a new Accessibility Policy for The Corporation; it will be presented for Council’s consideration when its implementation implications are clarified.
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