After months of meetings, input, crunching data and public discussions, the town of Grand Falls-Windsor is ready to release its 10-year parks and recreation master plan.
A presentation of the plan is scheduled for this evening at 7 p.m. at the Mount Peyton Hotel.
Chair of the parks, recreation and special events committee, Councillor Amy Coady-Davis, said councillors would be on-hand for the presentation, but said Tract Consulting, who were hired by the Town to complete the project, would be “running the show.”
“Tract Consulting worked very hard on this plan; they consulted with people in different provinces, professionals in the area of recreation and planning, and they did take the time to meet with the individual groups and interested parties here in the town of Grand Falls-Windsor,” she said.
The plan covers all areas of recreation in the town, including an assessment of the existing system, and looks at future development and policies.
“Anybody who they met with…everything has been addressed in the master plan, right from children to seniors, from playgrounds to sports and recreation facilities, the YMCA, walking trails and biking trails, the skateboard park, everything has been address in the master plan,” Coun. Davis said.
Once the plan has been presenting, there will be an opportunity for discussion.
Coun. Coady-Davis said she’s hopeful for a good turnout. It’s a plan she wants residents to see and understand.
“We want them to understand it’s a 10-year plan…it’s not something that will happen overnight, it will take time,” she said. “But there are items that are prioritized in there as well with regards to the need and the cost, and everything is weighted in the plan.”
Coun. Coady-Davis said they were eager to get down to work, and items that can be started, will be.
“Any items that are in there that can be done fairly quickly without a lot of infrastructure and a lot of cost we can start working on fairly quickly,” she said. “When it comes to items such as recreational facilities and things like that, which are going to cost in the millions of dollars, obviously there’s going to have to be some extensive planning that’s going to come with that.”
For more information on the parks and recreation master plan, or to view a copy, visit www.townofgrandfallswindsor.com.