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Richmond Hill Wants You To Have A Say In Where You Play! - June 7, 2012

Parks – Tracey Steele, Manager of Parks Planning & Natural Heritage, 905-771-2476,
Recreation - Darlene Joslin, Director of Recreation & Culture, 905-771-2493,

Town seeks public input on developing new Parks Plan and Recreation Plan
RICHMOND HILL – The Town of Richmond Hill wants you to ‘Have a say in where you play!’ to help plan the future of its parks, recreation programming and facilities through the Parks & Recreation Plans project. The project, which will result in the development of both a new Parks Plan and a new Recreation Plan, officially kicks off on Tuesday, June 12 with a launch event and workshop at the McConaghy Seniors’ Centre from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

“Our residents work hard, but they also play hard and that’s why Richmond Hill is serious about its leisure time,” said Mayor Dave Barrow. “We are proud to be home to over 166 parks, 23 recreational facilities and to provide hundreds of recreational programs from archeology to zumba, but it’s important that we continue to involve residents in planning for the future of these services to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the community.”

Together, the Parks Plan and the Recreation Plan will guide Town decision-making regarding the appropriate amount, location, development and programming of parks and recreation facilities over the next 10 years. Community engagement is an integral component of these plans and the Town invites residents to share their vision and ideas to ensure that the needs and desires of the community are reflected in the recommendations of the plans.

“The Official Launch & Workshop event on June 12 will be the first of many opportunities for the public to provide their input on the future of parks, recreation facilities and programs in Richmond Hill,” said Chair of the People Place Task Force, Regional & Local Councillor Vito Spatafora. “Engagement activities will also include online surveys and social media to help ensure that there is an opportunity for everyone, young and old, to provide their input.”

In an effort to efficiently use both staff time and resources, and due to the nature of both plans having a symbiotic relationship in how they function, the public consultation for both plans is being conducted together and branded as Parks & Recreation Plans. Upon completion of the public consultation, a Key Findings and Directions document will be produced. From that document a final Parks Plan and a final Recreation Plan will be developed.

Updating both the Parks Plan and the Recreation Plan were recommendations from the 2009 Strategic Plan, led by the People Plan Task Force, to align all Town plans to better reflect the corporate priorities.

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