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Town reminds sports field users to be good neighbours

Friday, May 08, 2015 – for immediate release

Town reminds sports field users to be good neighbours

Successful progressive discipline pilot will continue to encourage appropriate behaviour

Oakville’s sports field are open for the busy summer season and the town is reminding all permit holders – sports organizations, teams, players and residents – to be good neighbours and act appropriately.

In 2014 the town introduced a progressive discipline pilot project to encourage respectful behaviour on sports fields. Thanks to a collaborative effort from town staff, sports organizations, players and residents, the pilot was a great success and will continue.

“Oakville’s core values are founded on mutual respect,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This pilot confirms our community’s values and encourages a respectful and positive environment for those on and off the field.”

The procedure includes an online reporting process to ensure incidents are documented and any resulting disciplinary action for permit holders is fair and transparent. The town’s Parks staff will continue to conduct regular checks of parks and sports fields to help ensure proper use.

The disciplinary procedure details are as follows:

Inappropriate behaviour including aggressive or bullying behaviour, foul language, public urination, littering, smoking, drinking alcohol on public property, or leaving field lights on after play is finished can be reported online through an Inappropriate Behaviour Reporting Form.
Reported incidents involving permit holders will be investigated within five business days. If the details are confirmed, disciplinary action will be taken within 10 days. Action can include a verbal and/or written warning, $150 fine, permit suspension or termination of permit, depending on the severity of the incident and any prior violations. If town staff is unable to confirm the complaint or accurately identify the offenders, no action will be taken, but the report will be kept on file.
Permit suspensions can be appealed within 14 days. New evidence must be submitted along with a fee of $250. Appeals will be reviewed by a panel chaired by the commissioner of Community Services. If the appeal is successful, the suspension will be lifted and the fee will be refunded in full.

For more information, visit the Acceptable Use of Town Facilities page.


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Shell Park’s vibrant All-America Selections trial gardens in full bloom

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – for immediate release

Shell Park’s vibrant All-America Selections trial gardens in full bloom

Featuring never-before-seen flowers and plants

The Town of Oakville invites residents to visit the radiant flowers and plants at Shell Park’s beautiful All-America Selections (AAS) trial garden while they’re still in full bloom.

Park visitors will find signage which lists the AAS varieties being used in the garden beds. The newly developed seed varieties are based on traditional plants (such as petunias and marigolds) and are being tested for flower size, colour and hardiness. Town of Oakville gardening crews are frequently on site and available to answer questions about the featured flowers and plants.

“These AAS trial gardens help determine the top performing seeds that will bloom into reliable and vibrant flora,” said Chris Mark, director, Parks and Open Space. “Gardening enthusiasts will enjoy the new plant varieties at Shell Park’s demonstration gardens — everything is clearly labelled so visitors can identify their favourites and incorporate them into their own gardens next year.”

This is the fifth year that the town has participated in the AAS demonstration program. Shell Park is located at 3307 Lakeshore Road West.

AAS is an independent, non-profit organization that donates and tests new seed varieties, deeming only the best garden seed performers as AAS Winners. These top performing seeds offer gardeners reliable new varieties that have proven their superior garden performance in trail grounds across North America. Details about the AAS demonstration gardens and seeds can be found on the AAS website.


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Town implements new discipline procedure for sports field permit holders

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – for immediate release

Town implements new discipline procedure for sports field permit holders

Progressive approach encourages improved behaviours

Town Council has approved a new procedure for managing inappropriate behaviour by permit holders — sports organizations, teams, players or residents — who are using the town’s sports fields. The procedure includes a new online reporting process and a progressive discipline approach to encourage better behaviour.

“Our goal is to ensure a respectful sports and recreation environment that can be enjoyed by all,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

The new procedure is being implemented as a pilot project during the current sports season and will be evaluated by the end of 2014. The town’s Parks staff will continue to conduct regular checks of parks and sports fields to help ensure proper use.

“The majority of players act in a respectful manner; however, there are occasions when inappropriate behaviour is reported,” said Colleen Bell, commissioner of Community Services for the Town of Oakville. “Our new reporting procedure ensures incidents are documented and any resulting disciplinary action for permit holders is fair and transparent.”

The new disciplinary procedure details are as follows:

Inappropriate behaviour including aggressive or bullying behaviour, foul language, public urination, littering, smoking, drinking alcohol on public property, or leaving field lights on after play is finished can now be reported online through a new Inappropriate Behaviour Reporting Form.
Reported incidents involving permit holders will be investigated within five business days. If the details are confirmed, disciplinary action will be taken within 10 days. Action can include a verbal and/or written warning, $150 fine, permit suspension or termination of permit, depending on the severity of the incident and any prior violations. If town staff is unable to confirm the complaint or accurately identify the offenders, no action will be taken, but the report will be kept on file.
Permit suspensions can be appealed within 14 days. New evidence must be submitted along with a fee of $250. Appeals will be reviewed by a panel chaired by the commissioner of Community Services. If the appeal is successful, the suspension will be lifted and the fee will be refunded in full.

Through its new “Be a Good Neighbour” campaign, town staff is working with sports organizations, sports field neighbours, spectators and players to raise awareness of the required conduct at sports fields and the new procedure for reporting and investigating inappropriate behaviour.

For more information on the town’s new reporting and disciplinary procedure, please visit Acceptable Use of Town Facilities page.


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Get active during June is Recreation and Parks Month!

Thursday, May 30, 2013 – for immediate release

Get active during June is Recreation and Parks Month!

With summer just around the corner, June is the perfect month to boost your physical activity! In celebration of longer days and warmer weather, check out the town’s June is Recreation and Parks Month event calendar which is packed full of fun for the entire family. The next 30 days will focus on this year’s theme ‘Live it everyday!’ offering residents tons of opportunities to get active.

To officially launch June is Recreation and Parks Month, the Town of Oakville is offering free indoor rock climbing from noon to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. The brand new 20 foot high wall has eight top rope stations with 16 possible routes set for all levels of climbers.

“Whether you’re a beginner or advanced climber, your experience is sure to be fun and challenging,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “If you haven’t been down to check out our new rock climbing wall yet, mark it in your calendar and challenge yourself to reach new heights this month.”

Residents can also enjoy a swim at Brookdale outdoor pool or cool off at one of the town’s splash pads opening today. There’s also special events planned for youth, including free outdoor sports at the Bronte Youth Centre every Wednesday. For seniors, don’t miss the Seniors Sizzlers Camp Day on June 19 at Coronation Park featuring Inukshuk making, a drumming circle, heritage crafts, giant board games, a caricature artist and much more.

With more than 200 kilometres of picturesque trails, the town is also encouraging residents and walking groups to get active, get healthy and have fun doing it during the many walks, hikes, and events scheduled this month.

Make Your Move is the Town of Oakville’s public education and awareness program that promotes the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles. The program encourages residents to become more active through various sports and recreational activities. June is Recreation and Parks month was first proclaimed in 2005 by Parks and Recreation Ontario, the Ontario Parks Association, the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association and Get Active Now. Ontario now has nearly 100 June is Recreation and Parks Month ambassadors.

To view the complete June is Recreation and Parks Month calendar of activities for all ages and abilities visit the June is page.

Media contact:

Brent Copeland
Marketing Supervisor
Recreation and Culture
905-845-6601, ext. 3080
bcopeland@oakville.ca


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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 prlfmp@oakville.ca.

“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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Celebrate the outdoors during Oakville’s June is Recreation and Parks month

Thursday, May 31, 2012 – for immediate release

Celebrate the outdoors during Oakville’s June is Recreation and Parks month

June is typically the month that boasts the most daylight hours. Celebrate the longer days full of sunshine and warmer weather with Oakville’s Make Your Move team and its annual June is Recreation and Parks month. Packed full of fun for the entire family, the next 30 days will focus on this year’s theme, Hike it or Bike it, offering residents plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

“June is one of the best times of the year to get outside and be active,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Oakville has some of the most beautiful trails and parks in the province. I encourage all residents to go for a walk or enjoy a bike ride this summer with friends and family.”

The official launch of June is Recreation and Parks month takes place on Saturday, June 2, with a short hike at Sheridan Hills Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. The first 50 people will receive a free pedometer from the Make Your Move team for participating. Oakville Cycle & Sports Ltd. will also be on hand from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to educate residents on bike and rider safety. A bike technician will be available to check bikes and make suggestions on anything that needs to be fixed or changed. The first 100 participants will receive a free bell.

“Whether you want to get fit or cool off this summer, June is Recreation and Parks month is a great opportunity to get active,” said Nina da Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “We also have plenty of classes and activities for those who want to improve their skills or try something new.”

Residents can enjoy a swim at Lions Outdoor Pool or one of the town’s splash pads that recently opened. There’s also special events planned for youth, including After School Drop-in Sports and Saturday Youth Nights at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. For seniors, the Oakville Senior Citizens’ Recreation Centre at Kerr Street and Iroquois Ridge Older Adult Centre are hosting barbecues, while adult shinny lacrosse and hockey at Joshua’s Creek Arena begins mid-month.

Make Your Move is the Town of Oakville’s public education and awareness program that promotes the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles. The program encourages residents to become more active through various sports and recreational activities.

June is Recreation and Parks month was first proclaimed in 2005 by Parks and Recreation Ontario, the Ontario Parks Association, the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association and Get Active Now. Ontario now has nearly 100 June is Recreation and Parks month ambassadors.

Visit the June is Recreation and Parks month page for a full list of activities and events.

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Monica Sulej
Make Your Move Program Coordinator
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3896
msulej@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

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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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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Town buys former Brantwood, Chisholm and Linbrook school sites

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 – for immediate release

Town buys former Brantwood, Chisholm and Linbrook school sites

South Central Public Lands Study to determine future land use

The Town of Oakville announced today that it had completed its acquisition of three surplus Halton District School Board sites at a total cost of $12.84 million. The three sites are: Brantwood School at 221 Allan Street, Chisholm School at 165 Charnwood Avenue and Linbrook School at 1079 Linbrook Road.

“These school sites have played an important role within their neighbourhoods and Council is very pleased that the town will have control over the future possible uses of these lands,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The town looks forward to working with the community to complete a comprehensive land use study to help identify public needs and potential opportunities for these lands that will support Council’s vision to be the most livable town in Canada.”

The three former school sites are part of the town’s recently announced South Central Public Lands Study. The study will also include the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital lands, Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park. The town’s draft Parks, Recreation and Libraries Facilities Master Plan has identified the need for a small scale community centre south of the QEW.

“The town is very fortunate to have the opportunity to align recreational and community needs with additional public lands becoming available within established neighbourhoods,” said Dana Anderson, the town’s director, Planning Services. “We look forward to working closely with the community to determine the future best uses for these properties.”

A Council sub-committee has been established for the South Central Public Lands Study and a meeting is scheduled for April 25, 2012 to review the work plan and draft consultation strategy for the project.

“We expect to be out meeting with the community within the next month,” noted Ms. Anderson. “Aligning the public consultation for the South Central Public Lands Study with the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Facilities Master Plan will provide the public with the opportunity to contribute to creating sustainable neighbourhoods for the future.”

The South Central Public Lands Study is one of the studies under Vision 2057: Live It! The Vision 2057 master plans, together with other key planning initiatives will create a more livable and sustainable Oakville. For more information visit the Vision 2057 page.

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Dana Anderson
Director, Planning Services
905-815-6020
danderson@oakville.ca

Jane Courtemanche
Director, Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3038
jcourtemanche@oakville.ca


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