2005 News Releases
Study recommends streamlining park management
|Assiniboine Park Governance Study (pdf)
WINNIPEG December 6, 2005 - Committed to ensuring Assiniboine Park remains a crown jewel in our city, Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz today released the Assiniboine Park Governance Study which outlines a proposed structure for the on-going governance of the Park.
In a council seminar today, city councillors were provided a comprehensive presentation on the major aspects of the Governance Study, including the proposed formation of the ‘Assiniboine Park Conservancy’, a new non-profit corporation designed to take on the responsibility of managing the Park and its various components.
This proposed arms-length structure addresses the need for a single entity reorganization of all civic functions pertaining to the park, as well as addressing the vital role which the existing partner organizations provide. Currently, four City departments, four partner groups, and city council all play a role in managing the Park.
“Assiniboine Park is one of our city’s most attractive destinations,” said Katz, “I have had the opportunity to tour and meet with representatives from New York’s Central Park, and by looking at more effective ways of managing our park; we can improve planning of future development opportunities to get the biggest bang for our buck.”
As part of the study itself, management structures of several parks across North America were reviewed including Central Park (New York), Stanley Park (Vancouver), Calgary Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Chicago Park District, and Hamilton/Burlington Royal Botanical Gardens.
The Governance Study, commissioned by Assiniboine Park Enterprise, provides a cornerstone in the compilation of a comprehensive business plan being developed in response to the Assiniboine Park Framework Plan adopted by Council in 2004.
The comprehensive business plan will be ready for consideration by Council, administration, stakeholders, and the community in the spring of 2006.
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