Parks and Recreation Master Plan

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Parks & Rec Masterplan

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan establishes a strategic framework for parks and recreation services, programs and facilities that will guide future decision making with regard to policy, operations, and capital improvements over the next ten years.The Master Plan is an actionable document that can readily adapt to change over time in order to address evolving community needs and emerging recreational trends.

Implementation of the plan’s various recommendations will include the development of departmental work plans, the use of evidence based assessment tools, ongoing progress reports to Council, capital and operating budget planning and forecasting, and public engagement.

“It is important for our residents to know that all items outlined in the report are a road map that will help guide us towards improvements over the next 10 years,” said Mayor Steele. “We’re bound to experience some detours, as this is a plan that will develop as our community continues to develop. That being said, any action plan or recommendation undertaken by staff will be presented to council for separate approval.”


Parks & Recreation Master Plan Public Meeting Presentation

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The City of Port Colborne is currently in the process of developing a Parks and Recreation Master Plan to guide the City’s direction for parks, fields, trails, recreational facilities, events, recreation and leisure programing for the next 10 years. The City has commissioned MacNaughton Hermsen Britton Clarkson Planning Limited (MHBC) to develop the Master Plan, the City’s first one. The principal objectives of the project are to document current recreation assets and capacity, and develop a series of recommendations and an action plan to accommodate the current and future recreational needs of the City.

What is the purpose of the Master Plan?

The City offers a variety of parks, recreation programs, sport services and facilities that engage citizens of all ages and abilities. The City is undertaking the preparation of a Parks and Recreation Master Plan to ensure that services continue to respond to the community needs, now and into the future.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan will be an important document, as it will provide guidance concerning the improvement, future development and management of parks, open spaces, recreation and leisure services, programs, events, facilities and amenities, in a fiscally responsible and sustainable manner.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan will:

• Include a comprehensive review and analysis of parks and recreation operational and service needs in the community in order to ensure services accommodate changes in growth and public demand;

• Provide for meaningful consultation with the public, user groups, stakeholders, Council and staff;

• Identify physical improvements to existing parks and new park amenities (including facilities, sports fields, play structures, trails, picnic shelters, splash pad, etc.);

• Provide a clear action plan and strategy to guide the development of future parks and recreation facilities, operations and services; and

• Guide the development of parks and recreation for the City and the community over the next ten years (using a community profile and a trends analysis).


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