Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan Update

The Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan is a tool used to guide the overarching direction of the department, in alignment with the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP 2018) for the five year period of 2018-2022.

This plan explores current service levels and identified future needs for all departmental divisions and operations including Parks & Forestry, Facilities and Community Services (Recreation, Culture, Community Engagement and Environmental Stewardship).

The Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan is a tool used to guide the overarching direction of the department, in alignment with the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP 2018) for the five year period of 2018-2022.

This plan explores current service levels and identified future needs for all departmental divisions and operations including Parks & Forestry, Facilities and Community Services (Recreation, Culture, Community Engagement and Environmental Stewardship).

  • What does it cover – the plans at a high level

    7 months ago

    Parks:

    The Plan offers a number of suggestions regarding staffing, park facility construction and service levels:

    · Parkland Types: redistribution of allocation of parkland within the municipal parkland framework (Township v. Community v. Neighbourhood).

    · Acquisition: update to the municipal standard for acquisition related to developments to include alternative collection methods.

    · Amenities: recommendations related to inclusions of specific amenities in various parks/communities.

    · Staffing: Various staffing needs are required as additional park quantities and related amenities, along with additional trails become active.

    · Service Levels: Articulates the new services parks has absorbed as the municipal service levels have increased...

    Parks:

    The Plan offers a number of suggestions regarding staffing, park facility construction and service levels:

    · Parkland Types: redistribution of allocation of parkland within the municipal parkland framework (Township v. Community v. Neighbourhood).

    · Acquisition: update to the municipal standard for acquisition related to developments to include alternative collection methods.

    · Amenities: recommendations related to inclusions of specific amenities in various parks/communities.

    · Staffing: Various staffing needs are required as additional park quantities and related amenities, along with additional trails become active.

    · Service Levels: Articulates the new services parks has absorbed as the municipal service levels have increased over the past five years.

    Facilities:

    The Plan offers a number of suggestions regarding facility acquisition, construction and maintenance in a number of areas:

    · Arenas: Construction of a new single ice surface is required to replace the King City Lions Arena, while a secondary pad could be considered.

    · Aquatics: An indoor recreational pool should be constructed as part of a complex designed to serve the entire Township.

    · Gymnasiums: A gymnasium or athletic spaces should be included as part of a Township complex.

    · Community Halls: An assessment of future service delivery is required for community halls and must consider usage levels and current/future physical conditions and needs.

    · Staffing: Various staffing needs are required as part of new facility construction/renovations.


  • Time for an update

    7 months ago

    The previous Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan was completed in 2013. Given the changing landscape of King – both from a demographic and population perspective – the 2013 edition indicated it would be prudent to provide an update in five year increments.

    The objectives of the project included:

    • Engaging the public, Council, community stakeholders and Township staff in a thorough analysis of all recreation and parks facilities.
    • Engaging the public, Council, community stakeholders and Township staff in a thorough analysis of all recreation programs and opportunities which are provided both directly and indirectly by the municipality, key...

    The previous Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan was completed in 2013. Given the changing landscape of King – both from a demographic and population perspective – the 2013 edition indicated it would be prudent to provide an update in five year increments.

    The objectives of the project included:

    • Engaging the public, Council, community stakeholders and Township staff in a thorough analysis of all recreation and parks facilities.
    • Engaging the public, Council, community stakeholders and Township staff in a thorough analysis of all recreation programs and opportunities which are provided both directly and indirectly by the municipality, key stakeholder groups, other service providers, institutions and private sector agencies and businesses.
    • Developing a Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan Update that strategically aligns with current and changing community needs, Township financial resources and the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan.

    Contextually and from a planning perspective, any update needs to consider:

    • Increasing residential growth without matched industrial/commercial tax base support.
    • Facility, program and service planning priorities reflective of conditions anticipated by the growth in population.
    • Diversity in and amongst rural and urban settlements and travel distances.
    • Long standing and valued involvement by individuals and community groups in the delivery of services.
    • Significant number of natural assets that require protection and a consistent approach to planning use by the general public.
    • Current and future Township financial resources.

  • Timeline

    7 months ago

    1. Community Consolation (September 2017-February 2018)

    2. Draft Facility Services Master Plan presented to Council (July 2018)

    3. Stakeholder Consultation – Parks and Facilities (Fall 2018)

    4. Public Consultation Meetings (King City, Schomberg, Ansnorveldt) on Facilities (Fall 2018)

    5. Draft Parks & Forestry Services Master Plan presented to Council (March 2019)

    6. Public Consultation – Facility Services Service Level, Online and Public Information Session (Scheduled May 2019)

    7. Public Consultation – Parks & Forestry Service Levels, Online and Public Information Session (Scheduled May 2019)

    8. Final Report presented to Council, Parks and Facilities (Scheduled June 2019)

    9. Community Services (Recreation,...

    1. Community Consolation (September 2017-February 2018)

    2. Draft Facility Services Master Plan presented to Council (July 2018)

    3. Stakeholder Consultation – Parks and Facilities (Fall 2018)

    4. Public Consultation Meetings (King City, Schomberg, Ansnorveldt) on Facilities (Fall 2018)

    5. Draft Parks & Forestry Services Master Plan presented to Council (March 2019)

    6. Public Consultation – Facility Services Service Level, Online and Public Information Session (Scheduled May 2019)

    7. Public Consultation – Parks & Forestry Service Levels, Online and Public Information Session (Scheduled May 2019)

    8. Final Report presented to Council, Parks and Facilities (Scheduled June 2019)

    9. Community Services (Recreation, Culture & Community Engagement) development (Scheduled summer/fall 2019)