Public input needed for Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 – for immediate release

Public input needed for Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan

Open houses scheduled for May 30 and June 5 give residents a chance to have their say

As part of Vision 2057, the Town of Oakville is preparing an update to its Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan. Three public open houses on May 30 and June 5 offer residents an opportunity to provide their input on the plan that defines the town’s future needs for parks, recreation and library facilities. Residents are encouraged to attend an open house as well as submit their comments through the online feedback form or by email.

“Public input is critical at this stage as the update ensures our provisions for community parks and facilities in Oakville continues to meet local needs, now and in the future,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “These facilities and services play a vital role in advancing the overall quality of life of our residents and their enhancement is a primary objective of Council’s long-term strategic plan.”

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 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 master plan does a fantastic job in helping us identify facility and amenity needs as the town grows,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “Ultimately though, the final decision will depend on town-wide factors such as available funding, development opportunities and the locations of facilities. Further consultation with residents and key stakeholders will also play a vital role”

The first two open houses take place on Wednesday, May 30 from 2–4 p.m. and 7–9 p.m. at Town Hall. The final open house will be held on Tuesday, June 5 from 7–9 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. Each open house will be identical in content and include a staff presentation followed by an open discussion.

To learn more about the master plan or to provide comments through the online feedback form, visit the Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan page. Residents can also submit comments by email at prlfmp@oakville.ca.

The draft master plan was received by Council in December 2011 and released for public consultation. The final plan will be presented to Council in the fall of 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.

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For more information contact

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

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
kmoser@oakville.ca


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Public input needed for Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan