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Sarnia Parks, Recreation & Culture Draft Master Plan Dec 5 Public Consultation

By City Staff

The City of Sarnia is getting future ready for parks, recreation and culture and is inviting the community to take part in a discussion about its parks and recreation facilities and services direction and identify priorities for the City’s programs, facilities and services.  The City has retained the consulting team of Tim L. Dobbie Ltd., FJ Galloway Associates Inc. Plus GSP Group Inc. to coordinate the process and create the Master Plan.

Currently, the Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the management and delivery of many services and amenities including approximately 400 hectares of park and open space, 90,000 municipal trees, 15 hectares of beachfront, 35,000 sq. metres of gardens and 50 km of trails and pathways.  The department also manages 3 arenas, 2 swimming pools, 1 splash pad, 1 dog park, 2 skate parks, 1 BMX track, 14 baseball diamonds, 30 sports fields and 23 outdoor tennis courts.  Plus, the Department operates the Strangway Community Centre, Saradeca and numerous picnic shelters, pavilions, outdoor washroom facilities and playgrounds.

The purpose of the Parks, Recreation and Culture master plan is to develop a community-supported plan that will provide the policy framework to manage, sustain and direct future development and redevelopment of recreation services, leisure programming, events, parks, waterfront, beaches, public open space, trails, cultural opportunities and development, recreational facilities and related amenities in a cost effective and proactive manner consistent with industry best practices.

The plan will provide a framework for evaluating future park improvements, recreation activities and cultural opportunities and will generate a working/living strategic action plan for the next 10-12 years.

Community consultation has been a key component to the master plan process. There have been several ways to provide feedback and input, including meetings and focus groups with staff and Council as well as over 20 stakeholder sessions. A public open house was held on May 29th at Clearwater Arena Upper Hall. Feedback received assisted consultants in forming the draft master plan.

A second Public Consultation meeting is scheduled for December 5th at Clearwater Arena upper hall from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The purpose of this meeting will allow the consultants to present the draft recommendations from the study for input by the public. The public will be able to provide written comments to the consultant group as well as take part in group table discussions. The input from this meeting will form part of the masterplan.

For more information, visit the ‘Speak Up Sarnia' Site at www.speakupsarnia.ca.

This article was posted Friday, November 30, 2018 2:50 PM

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