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Delta BC Green Job Initiative student Success Story

Delta BC

What should a future park look like?

A city in British Columbia is collecting the hard numbers when it comes to its parks. How many people are using them? How are they using them? What should future parks look like?

The City of Delta is getting some of these answers, thanks to a new summer position funded in part by CPRA’s Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative, with support from the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program.

Richard Minielly, an international economics student at the University of British Columbia, has been hired under the grant to work as a parks usage analyst for the city.

Richard Minielly, student

In his role, Minielly is responsible for collecting data that will help shape the future of Delta’s parks.

While on site, Richard examines how many people are using outdoor recreation spaces and how these spaces are being used. After he gathers the information, he is responsible for building data models that will be used for new and existing parks.

“I have been given a great amount of independence and responsibility,” says Minielly, adding that the on-the-job experience will make a great addition to his resume. “It’s rare for a student to be able to manage a project.”

“It’s been interesting to see how many people visits the parks, and how big a part of their life the parks are” - Richard Minielly, Student

He also says that he is grateful to have work experience that will have meaningful consequences for the community.

“It’s been interesting to see how many people visits the parks, and how big a part of their life the parks are,” Richard says.

Linda Nielsen, a parks planner for the City of Delta, says that the summer position will make a great impact on helping connect the city’s people and outdoor spaces in the future.

Nielsen says that Richard has been a great asset to the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture, and also to Delta’s community.

Better parks will mean that residents will be able to connect to the natural world, since urban parks play an essential role in public health and wellbeing.

“Just being able to understand how people use our parks will help us to develop areas where we can improve our own park assets to help people get out and appreciate nature,” says Neilsen.

“The information will help with future planning for parks,” she says. “The hard data will help justify the need for more parks.”

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