Port Moody continues to be one of the safest communities in Canada – we have one of the lowest crime rates and highest clearance (solved) rates, and our Port Moody Police Department continues to deliver the highest level of service on the ‘no call too small’ philosophy. Port Moody Fire Rescue also is second to none in the delivery of services to keep the public safe – responding to (thousands) of calls every year responding to medical and fire emergencies. The department also works directly with residents on home safety programs (smoke detectors)
(as police board chair I brought in new strat planning process including meeting with stakeholders and doing round tables on issues – business, residents, soccer clubs, etc. never done before need a way to highlight that. Our last strat plan won an award)
The City has taken our recreation programs and facilities to new levels since I joined Council in 2005 and that continues today. With the opening of the new recreation centre expansion (2008?), the City entered into new service areas including the Gymnasium, weight room, spinning room and other health and fitness programs. This is a huge change from the past and our staff have created a recreation centre that is the first choice of residents now. And we have also been busy ‘outside’, acquiring and dedicating new park land, improving our existing facilities in Rocky Point, Westhill, Heritage Mountain and Glenayre, and developing new trails on our already fantastic nature trail system. We are in the late planning stages for the redevelopment of Inlet field to artificial turf, which will allow our Soccer, Baseball, Softball, and other ‘field based’ sports to expand their programs to better serve residents (no more losing our young families to neighbouring municipalities programs !). This year we look forward to a dramatic increase in our curling programs as we are joined by hundreds of new members from Coquitlam.
Festivals and Events
It was critically important to me during our 2015 Council Strategic Planning that events for young families, free or next to free, is made a priority. We are seeing a dramatic shift in the demographics of our City – I now see our parks full of young families, with preschoolers and baby strollers, and this is our future we need to ensure enjoy Port Moody as much as we have. I have personally worked on many significant new events in the City and I am so proud of the response we have received: Car Free Day is probably the single biggest community event, that I worked on for many years to bring to our community. I also have wanted to see a dragon boat regatta here since we opened the Old Mill Boathouse, and was so pleased to help make that possible this year with the Inlet Spring Regatta. Summer Sunday Concert Series in the park continues to be a resounding success, drawing people from around the region to Rocky Point Park each Sunday in the summer to take in some great music in our beautiful venue.