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Winnipeg Recreation and Parks Strategies

Winnipeg’s recreation and parks services and infrastructure contribute to the enjoyment and quality of life for residents and visitors. They improve our health and wellbeing, strengthen our communities, and make our city a more attractive place to live and work.

The Winnipeg Recreation and Parks Strategies will provide a 25-year framework to help guide recreation and parks programs, services, policies, standards and procedures, and future investment in existing and new infrastructure. The City of Winnipeg (the City) is facing some difficult challenges in maintaining its aging infrastructure and making new investments to meet future needs. As Winnipeg continues to grow and change, the need to make strategic, forward-thinking decisions to ensure the City can deliver high-quality recreation and parks services is essential.

Engage

We want to hear from you!

The City is asking for your feedback on what you want from recreation and parks services and infrastructure and where your priorities lie. Much of Winnipeg’s existing recreation and parks infrastructure is at or near the end of its useful lifecycle, and we need to find out where Winnipeggers want to see future investment.

Our public engagement goals for this project are to:

  • Understand how Winnipeggers value recreation and parks in the city;
  • Understand the recreation and parks needs of residents and user groups;
  • Gather input on recreation and parks usage, opportunities and constraints; and
  • Communicate how public input was used to help shape the Recreation and Parks Strategies.

Phase 1 Engagement

In Phase 1, we want to know what you value most, how you currently use recreation and parks, and how you want to use recreation and parks in the future. Phase 1 engagement will include an online survey, three open houses, and stakeholder workshops. Your input will help guide the development of Winnipeg Recreation and Parks Strategies, which include:

  • Recreation Strategic Plan
  • Parks Strategic Plan
  • Regional Parks Investment Strategy

Thank you to all who attended the Winnipeg Recreation and Parks Strategies open houses or completed an online survey. Online surveys were accepted until June 30, 2018. Feedback is currently being considered and a summary of the engagement process will be posted online in summer 2018.

Phase 2 Engagement

In Phase 2, we will ask for your feedback on some of the draft policies and strategies we are considering as part of the Strategies’ development. After consideration of feedback, data, and analysis from Phase 1, members of the public will have the opportunity to provide feedback and let us know if we are headed in the right direction. Phase 2 will include conversations with stakeholders, as well as a public online survey, and open house.

Stay informed on Winnipeg’s Recreation and Parks Strategies’ news, surveys, and events.

For inquiries or those who require alternate formats to participate please contact Maureen Krauss at RecAndParks@winnipeg.ca or (204) 944-9907.

Background

The City is facing some difficult challenges in maintaining our existing, aging infrastructure and making new investments to meet future recreation and parks needs in Winnipeg. We want to know where your priorities lie in order to help inform the Recreation and Parks Strategies. The Strategies will provide a 25-year framework to help guide recreation and parks programs, services, policies, standards and procedures, and future investment in existing and new infrastructure.

Parks and Open Spaces

Winnipeg’s parks and open spaces encourage and promote healthy lifestyles, cleaner environments, civic pride and urban beautification. Presently, there is no formal park plan guiding the future growth and development of the parks network for Winnipeg. Some to consider as we develop a Parks Strategic Plan include: population growth; changing neighbourhoods and demographics; evolving needs and expectations of Winnipeggers; changing trends in leisure and recreation; limited and declining resources; expanding neighbourhoods; and, aging infrastructure. As Winnipeg grows and changes, the Parks Strategic Plan will guide long-term planning for new parks, park expansions, and improved access to existing parks.

In association with the development of the Parks Strategic Plan, a Regional Parks Investment Strategy will be developed to define short and long-term capital investment needs for large parks in Winnipeg like Kildonan Park, King’s Park and St. Vital Park.

Recreation

The majority of City recreation facilities pre-date the early 1970’s and are now at or near the end of their useful lifecycle. Existing facilities are not distributed equally across the city, leading to a wide variety of service levels by neighbourhood. Considerable growth in new areas of the city is creating demand for new recreation facilities and services. Recreation infrastructure must also be updated to support current and future changes in demographics, accessibility requirements, and newer recreation use trends.

FAQs

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Why is the City developing Recreation and Parks Strategies?

The City is facing some difficult challenges in maintaining its aging infrastructure and making new investments to meet future needs. As Winnipeg continues to grow and change, the need to make strategic, forward-thinking decisions to ensure the City can deliver high-quality recreation and parks services is essential. The strategies are needed to guide programs, services, policies, standards and procedures, and future investment in existing and new infrastructure.

Who is responsible for developing the Recreation and Parks Strategies?

The City’s Community Services and Public Works departments are partnering to complete the project. An external consultant team with expertise in policy development for recreation and parks services has been hired to undertake the project.

How is this project being funded?

The City has a budget of $800,000 to complete the project. City Council approved funds for the development of the Strategies in the 2016 and 2017 capital budgets.

When will the strategic plans be completed?

An interim Discussion Paper will be available in summer 2018 and the Strategies will be completed in spring 2019.

How will the community be involved in the project?

A variety of in-person and online public engagement opportunities will help shape the plans. Opportunities for the public to participate can be found on the Engage tab.

A report was approved by Council in November 2016 about a Recreation Facility Master Planning Model. Is this the same initiative? What has changed?

The Recreation and Parks Strategies project incorporates the scope of work identified in the November 2016 report on a Recreation Facility Master Planning Model. However, the project also includes additional work related to a Parks Strategic Master Plan and Regional Parks Capital Investment Strategy. These plans were combined to find efficiencies in the process and to allow for conversations with stakeholders with interests in both recreation and parks.

What will the lifespan of each of these strategic plans be?

The Strategies will provide a 25-year framework for recreation and parks in Winnipeg.


Documents

Document Name Date Type
Poster 2018-05-29 Open House Material
Newspaper Advertisement 2018-05-29 Open House Material
Postcard 2018-05-29 Open House Material
Display Boards 2018-05-29 Open House Material
Last update: June 26, 2018