Input needed for draft Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan

Thursday, September 20, 2012 – for immediate release

Input needed for draft Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan

Residents encouraged to have their say on Wednesday, September 26

As part of Vision 2057, the Town of Oakville is preparing an update to its Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan. After extensive public consultation this spring, Wednesday evening is the final open house for residents to provide their input on the draft plan that defines the town’s needs for parks, recreation and library facilities.

“We have been impressed with the public input so far, and we encourage all residents to participate so we can identify and understand the future needs of our community,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “It is through consultations such as these that Council advances our vision of being the most livable town in Canada.”

The master plan was developed to assist decision-makers, stakeholders and residents in understanding Oakville’s needs and priorities for additional parks, recreation, and library facilities. The update to the plan takes into account the changes that have occurred since the approval of the original plan in 2006, such as 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. It also identifies the timing for new facilities based on many criteria including community needs, demands from growth and affordability.

The open house takes place on Wednesday, September 26 from 7-9 p.m. at Town Hall, in Committee Rooms 1 and 2. The open house will include a staff presentation followed by an open discussion. Residents who wish to learn more about the master plan and provide feedback can send comments to

“As the town grows, the plan will help us identify facility and amenity provisions for the coming years taking into account available funding,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “Consultation with residents and key stakeholders that has taken place to date has played a vital role in the update of the master plan.”

The draft master plan was received by Council in December 2011 and released for public consultation. The updated plan will be presented to Community Services Committee on October 23, 2012. Vision 2057 brings together all of the Town of Oakville’s master plans and other key planning initiatives. Public engagement is a key component of each master plan to ensure that the community takes part in shaping the town’s future leading up to Oakville’s bicentennial in 2057.

For more information visit the Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan page.

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Input needed for draft Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan