Pitt Meadows requests bus detour for seniors

City wants TransLink to divert shuttle bus through civic centre

Pitt Meadows requests bus detour for seniors

The City of Pitt Meadows wants TransLink to divert a shuttle bus through its civic centre to make it easier for seniors who use the recreation facility.

City council intends to write a letter requesting the change and hopes the detour is in place by summer to coincide with the opening of a new seniors facility that is part of the Wesbrooke development.

Coun. Gwen O’Connell has been approached by several seniors who currently use the facility, but find the walk to it from Harris Road rather taxing.

“The shuttle could come through the civic centre and it wouldn’t be the end of the world,” said O’Connell, noting the bus could pass the recreation centre and exit onto 119th Avenue without missing a stop.

The Wesbrooke seniors housing development is on track to open in September.

The parks and leisure services department is currently finalizing plans for the new 9,500-square-foot seniors’ centre, which will form part of The Wesbrooke.

It will be managed by seniors through a non-profit organization, contracting with parks, but will be maintained the owner of The Wesbrooke. The centre will offer space for social activities, a large hall with a stage, arts and crafts room, a lounge, billiards room and administration offices.