The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division is looking for the public’s input to help develop a new Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan. The plan, Active Spaces-People Places, will guide facility planning for the division over the next 20 years.
Toronto City Council’s Executive Committee approved the plan in October. Extensive public consultation is planned to ensure that residents and stakeholders are informed and engaged throughout the process. The consultation process is launching with an online public survey to gather information on the City's parks and recreation facilities, how they are used and priorities for the future. For details, or to complete the survey, visit www.toronto.ca/parks/facilitiesplan.
"This plan offers a great opportunity to plan for outdoor park spaces that will keep Torontonians active for years," said Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Chair, Parks and Environment Committee. "It will help us to ensure that our outdoor recreation facilities meet the needs of the City’s communities in the future.”
"Toronto is a growing and evolving city and recreation trends are shifting," said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair, Community Development and Recreation Committee. "With that in mind, it is essential that the City develops a long-term plan to build and renew recreation facilities across the city to help us to be prepared to meet Torontonian's recreation needs into the future."
The Facilities Master Plan will address population and demographic changes, shifting recreation and facility trends and needs, aging infrastructure, the increasing costs of maintaining the state-of-good-repair as well as the geographic distribution of facilities across the city. It will also recommend and guide the creation of new and renewed facilities to best meet local and city-wide needs, based on inclusion, access, equity and quality.
Media contact: Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726, [email protected]