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Future Direction of Recreation and Parks to be Shared


June 5, 2008 - A new vision for recreation and parks in Thunder Bay will be unveiled next week. The latest draft of the City of Thunder Bay's Recreation and Parks Master Plan will be presented at an Open House on Tuesday, June 10 at Oliver Road Community Centre from 7- 9 pm. The Master Plan will guide decisions regarding municipal parkland and recreation facilities, programs, and services over the next 10 years.

A representative of dmA Planning and Management Services, the consulting firm who has worked on the comprehensive Master Plan, will present the draft at the Open House. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide input following the presentation.

"We encourage everyone to attend the session on June 10 to review the Plan," said Beverly Ball, Manager - Recreation & Culture Division. "The Recreation and Parks Master Plan is very important for our community as it will provide a framework for planning over the next decade."

The draft Plan for the future delivery of recreation and parks was developed after extensive consultation with the community. Ball says the consultant's recommendations address the diverse recreation needs and issues identified throughout the process by improving the quality of Thunder Bay's recreation facilities and experiences.

The draft of the Recreation and Parks Master Plan will be presented to members of City Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting on June 9.  It is important to note that the Master Plan is still a draft document. The final version will be recommended to City Council for their consideration and adoption at a later date.

In November 2007, results of the completed consultations were shared at a Community Forum and the public provided additional feedback and information.

The draft Master Plan can be viewed on-line at www.thunderbay.ca/masterplan. The Plan can also be viewed at the Community Services Department offices in the Victoriaville CivicCentre, the City Clerk's Office (City Hall), and any branch of the Thunder Bay Public Library.

People with questions about the upcoming Open House and those with special needs requiring assistance are asked to contact Debbie Novak at (807) 625-2693. 

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Contact: Beverly Ball, Manager - Recreation & Culture Division, 625-2368