Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Community Open House

Media Advisory: Draft Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Community Open House

November 4, 2016

After five months of community consultation, data collection, research and in-depth analysis, consulting firm Urban Systems* has provided the City of Penticton a draft version of a Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

A complete version of the draft plan draft as well as an Executive Summary of the highlights plan can be viewed online at http://www.shapeyourcitypenticton.ca/have-your-say-online   The Plan includes data and documents from various community engagement initiatives including survey results and summaries of input gathered from focus group sessions, online feedback and comments collected at the initial Open House.

In addition to releasing the document, the City has also scheduled a public Open House for Wednesday, Nov.16 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Urban Systems consultants and City staff will be in attendance to answer questions, and receive feedback on the draft (no formal presentation).

The purpose of the Master Plan is to provide long-range direction to the City on the provision of parks and recreation services to residents and visitors. The Plan has been in the works since April and there has been extensive public outreach along the way with input from over 5000 residents.

The City encourages everyone to review the Plan and provide feedback at the Open House or online at http://www.shapeyourcitypenticton.ca/have-your-say-online   Public input is being collected up to November 30 and then will be forwarded to the consultants for consideration in the revised draft expected to come back to the community for further public consultation early next year.

*Urban Systems is one of Western Canada’s largest planning practices and a leading inter-disciplinary consulting firm with over 40 years of experience