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Recreation & Facilities Master Plan

Fit Together Master Plan LogoThe Recreation and Facilities Master Plan is considered a strategic planning document providing a framework for future investment over a 12-15 year horizon into facilities, programming and services for City recreation.

The plan provides recommendations regarding older adult, youth, community centre and indoor / outdoor recreation facilities. This Plan was presented to City Council as a First Report on Nov. 14, 2016 and returned for approval on Jan. 16, 2017. The Plan is now in its implementation phase with focus on a number of immediate recommendations.

Draft Recommendations for FIT TOGETHER

The Consulting team presented draft recommendations to the public at the Italian Cultural Centre on October 19, 2016. Attendees had the opportunity to comment on potential recommendations prior to the Master Plan being finalized.

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chapples recreation area master plan 

The Chapples Park Master Plan will provide direction regarding municipal investment in the park. A visioning exercise took place on Nov. 2 at the Da Vinci Centre where attendees watched a presentation of preliminary development options, followed by an opportunity to provide their feedback. The final presentation to Council took place on April 10, 2017. 

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Presentation to Council - April 10, 2017

The Chapples Recreation Area Master Plan will develop a vision for the park that aligns with recommendations made within the broader Recreation and Facilities Master Plan.

A Public Meeting was held on June 15, 2016 with over 120 people in attendance. All of the materials from the meeting are below.



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early consultation outcomes

The Fit Together project brand reflects the significance of recreation and fitness to the community, as well as underlying values of diversity and inclusion - key principles of the project process leading up to the development of the Plan. The Plan will identify, address and initiate those proposals that require significant financial capital and operating commitments by the City of Thunder Bay.

Two initial Public Meetings were held in February and May 2016, along with dozens of stakeholder meetings and children, youth and Indigenous engagement. Over 1400 online surveys were completed. Below are reports throughout various planning and consultation stages from earlier in the project.

Public Meeting #1 Presentation, Feb. 2016  
Full Interim Report, April 2016 
Summary Interim Report, April 2016 
First Presentation to City Council, May 2016
Public Meeting #2 Presentation, May 2016
Public Meeting #2 Presentation Boards, May 2016   

For more information

General Inquiries of Fit Together Master Plan:
Callie Hemsworth, Coordinator - Planning, Projects & Development, Community Services Department
Tel: 807.625.3791 Email:

General Inquiries specific to Parks Planning or the Chapples Master Plan:
Werner Schwar, Supervisor - Parks & Open Spaces Planning, Infrastructure & Operations Department
Tel: 807.625.2806  Email: