Input needed for recreation master plan

Residents of Rimbey will have an opportunity, in the next few months, to play a role in determining the direction of recreation in Rimbey.

  • Jun. 12, 2012 5:00 p.m.

Residents of Rimbey will have an opportunity, in the next few months, to play a role in determining the direction of recreation in Rimbey for years to come.

Recreation director Rick Kreklewich said public participation is needed for the parks, trails and recreation master plan now being developed by RC Strategies, a consulting company based in Edmonton.

“Residents and community groups will be asked to provide their thoughts about existing and potential future recreation services and priorities.”

To garner information, residents can expect questionnaires to be mailed to their households later this month. The questionnaires may also be completed on-line.

Representatives from RC Strategies will also talk to community groups and businesses.

Co-owner of RC Strategies, Rob Parks, said his company has completed several similar plans and will be able to bring this experience to the forefront while working on Rimbey’s plan.

“We will be able to give a broader perspective as we have developed plans in multiple communities.”

He said some of the work is labor intensive and he and partner Mike Roma will work alongside other firms to ensure the best possible results.

Earthscape will be responsible for doing assessment on the outdoor amenities and Architecture ATB will work on the indoor components.

The recreation board and town staff will be involved in all stages of the plan, said Parks. “We are not doing it in isolation.”

A draft copy of the plan will be presented to the public once it is completed.

Mayor Sheldon Ibbotson encourages residents to provide as much feedback as possible.

“The recreation and cultural amenities and services in our communities are important contributors to the well-being of area residents. They help improve our physical health and strengthen families and our entire region. Together we can help shape the provision of recreation in the town for years to come.”

The final plan is expect to be completed early next year.

By Treena Mielke