City to hear Saskatoon input on future of parks and recreation
SASKATOON – To plan out the future of parks and recreation, the City of Saskatoon is developing a master plan and needs your help.
The master plan will provide an overall framework to guide future programs, services, and facilities.
“Recreation and parks services and programs help improve our overall health, strengthen families, and enhance our entire community,” said Lynne Lacroix, the city’s director of community development.
The current public recreation policy was established in 1996 and since then Saskatoon has experienced significant growth.
By using Statistics Canada figures, city planners calculated Saskatoon’s population reached 253,000 in March.
Combined with aging recreation infrastructure and changing sports participation patterns, the city has hired a consulting team to assist in the plan’s development.
To proceed, the city says consultation with its community is critical.
Residents, community partners and organizations will be provided opportunities in the near future to share their thoughts and ideas.
“I strongly encourage everyone to provide their input and have their say about the new master plan when given the opportunity,” said Lacroix.
A telephone survey will be held this fall as well as public engagements on the city’s Shaping Saskatoon website.
The plan is expected to be done in early 2015.