Council approves updated parks, recreation and library master plan

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – for immediate release

Council approves updated parks, recreation and library master plan

On Monday night Council approved the updated 2011 Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan (PRLFMP) — a comprehensive strategy that will guide the development and redevelopment of Oakville’s parks, recreation, and library facilities over the next 20 years. The master plan’s financial implications will be considered as part of the 10-year capital budget forecast in 2013.

“This master plan is a forward-thinking long-range planning document that integrates well into our Livable Oakville goals,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This plan determines facility and amenity needs rather than final location or size of these facilities. Public input into the plan played a key role in understanding the needs of our growing community.”

First developed in 2006, the PRLFMP is examined and updated every five years in response to evolving community needs, population growth and capital finances. The 2011 update takes into account changes over the last five years including the acquisition of Joshua’s Creek Arenas, the construction of Sixteen Mile Sports Complex and the recent opening of Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

The main recommendations in the 2011 PRLFMP approved by Council include:

Retention of a single-pad ice arena (rebuilding or refurbishing Oakville Arena) and current park facilities at Trafalgar Park.
Creation of a community centre for south Oakville including possible provisions for a pool to replace Centennial Pool.
Creation of a community centre for north Oakville as part of the second phase of the development of Sixteen Mile Sports Complex including a library, gymnasiums, pools, fitness/activity space and provisions for youth and seniors spaces.
Consideration for the future replacement of the Oakville Senior Citizens’ Recreation Centre on Kerr Street within a new community facility possibly on the Oakville Arena site.
Relocation of the Cross Street Youth Centre to north of the QEW, and the creation of an additional youth centre in north Oakville (in addition to the space recommended for Sixteen Mile Sports Complex expansion).
Development of a community hub facility in Palermo Village for multi-use programming.
Development of additional outdoor facilities including 44 soccer fields, two multi-use fields (artificial turf), 10 ball diamonds, and one cricket pitch. The suggestion was also made to convert under-used ball diamonds to address gaps in tennis courts, splash pad distribution and new skate parks.
New library branches in Bronte, Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, Trafalgar corridor north of Dundas Street, and Palermo Village.
Maintenance of an active parkland of 2.2 hectares per 1,000 population.

“This is a strategic and comprehensive plan that focuses on the town’s future facility needs to 2031,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “As well as understanding how to best serve our own community, it also compares Oakville to other municipalities and takes into account changes in demographics, growth projections and trends.”

Public consultation included focus groups, stakeholder interviews, feedback forms, and public meetings. Feedback from the South Central Public Lands Study online survey was incorporated into the updated plan.

The PRLFMP is part of Vision 2057, a community framework that brings together all of the towns master plans and other key planning initiatives under four key strategic directions: create it, preserve it, afford it, live it. The next major update to the PRLFMP is scheduled for 2017.

Media contact:

Nina de Vaal
Director, Recreation and Culture
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3112
ndevaal@oakville.ca

Emma Murphy
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
emurphy@oakville.ca


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Council approves updated parks, recreation and library master plan