The City wants to hear your feedback on their draft report document for the first-ever combined Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan (PRFMP), in support of the new Official Plan (OP). Visit engage.ottawa.ca to see the preliminary recommendations. Between now and June 17, you can provide your feedback by completing a survey or attending one of four online sessions.
Earlier this year, many residents responded with shared personal knowledge and experiences through online surveys and virtual public consultations. This feedback helps the City develop the recommendations for future growth, that will focus on the quantity and ratio of parks and recreation facilities and amenities – such as pools, ice pads and tennis courts – for every 1,000 residents.
Food for thought – Stittsville parks could be enhanced with outdoor equipment for young and older adults – parallel bars, pull-up bars, step-up benches – to name a few. This added equipment to our local parks would provide residents with a free and accessible place for people to work out while staying healthy. A dedicated off-leash dog park would also be a great addition to Stittsville.
The Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan provides a roadmap up to 2031 on how to develop new parks and recreation facilities to meet the demand from our growing community. Feedback heard to date includes adding gymnasiums as its own needs assessment, discussing field houses as community buildings and identifying ways to improve comparisons of sizes of recreation complexes across the city.
If you are new to this plan or need a refresher, the Engage Ottawa page has frequently asked questions, as well as a highlights of the plan. This will provide participants with some great context before taking part in the survey.
Get involved and have your say! To participate, complete the online survey on the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan page at Engage.Ottawa.ca or register for one of the following virtual bilingual consultation sessions:
- Monday, June 7, 2021 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm; Register here
- Monday, June 7, 2021 from 7 to 9 pm; Register here
- Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 7 to 9 pm; Register here (see note below on session focus)
- Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 9 to 11 am; Register here
The June 8 session will be co-hosted by Ottawa Sport Council and will focus on sports fields and the wide range of outdoor and indoor sports courts and amenities and the needs of sport clubs and organizations.
If you require a disability related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact 613-580-2424 ext. 25192 or email RCFS-PublicEngagement@ottawa.ca. For hard of hearing community members, facilitators can engage using Canada Video Relay Service (link is external) or via the chat within the meeting.
For those who cannot attend the live virtual sessions, you can still have your say:
- Until June 17 provide your input to the Round 2 survey – on Engage.Ottawa.ca
- Email your comments: RCFS-PublicEngagement@ottawa.ca (link sends e-mail)
- Send a note: City of Ottawa c/o Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan, Attention: 26-51,100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON, K2G 7E6
The plan goes to the Community and Protective Services Committee and Council for approval in fall 2021 and will be a contributing document to the City’s Official Plan.