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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.


Draft Recommendations for FIT TOGETHER

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

Information Boards

indigenous open house

On September 8, Indigenous community members were invited to join the discussion on how the City can provide positive recreational opportunities for Indigenous people. What barriers exist and how can they be addressed? What opportunities might be explored for providing more inclusive opportunities in our community? 

Indigenous Open House on Recreation - Flyer  Adobe PDF, page, 188 KB

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.

Information Boards
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, with over 120 people in attendance. All of the materials from the meeting are below, along with a survey for anyone who could not attend.



Information Boards


The 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 Aboriginal engagement. Over 1400 online surveys have also been completed. The next phase includes recommendations and drafting the plan, and the final phase will be finalization of the plan 

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   

Get Involved!

The Master Plan project will involve consultation with a range of sector stakeholders (community groups, public, private, not-for-profit) as well as the public in identifying current needs, issues and priorities for recreation and facility investment in the City.

Engagement Groups

The project will employ a variety of means to gather public input including a series of public consultation sessions.  Keep checking this webpage to follow the progress of the project and see how you can provide your input.

For more information

Callie Hemsworth, Coordinator - Planning, Projects & Development, Community Services Department
Tel: 807.625.3791 Email: