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Resident Input Requested for Recreational Programming

Web posted on March 14, 2014

Guelph, On, March 14, 2014 The City of Guelph is undertaking a needs assessment and feasibility study of its existing recreational facilities and programs.

This project will help determine the recreational needs of residents and develop a plan for a potential recreational facility in Guelph's south endan area that has seen significant growth.

"The City recognizes that access to recreational facilities and programs is a vital part of a healthy community. And while a variety of recreation facilities and programs exist in Guelph, the growing area south of Stone Road is relatively underserviced," says Murray Cameron, the City's general manager of Parks and Recreation.

He adds, "Guelph is expected to grow by more than 54,000 people over the next 20 years and this growth will impact the availability of space to deliver recreational programs across the city, particularly in the south end neighbourhoods."

The City hopes to collaborate with residents and recreational user groups, online and in-person, to develop a concept that best reflects the community's recreational needs, now and in the future.

Starting today, residents can have their say by filling out the Guelph recreation survey online or by picking up a hard copy at the Guelph Public Library Westminster Branch, Victoria Road Recreation Centre, Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, West End Community Centre, or the ServiceGuelph counter in City Hall. The survey, which should take about 15 minutes to complete, closes Friday, March 28.

The survey asks residents about the types of recreation activities and programs they have participated in over the past 12 months as well as the types of activities and programs they would like offered by the City. Question nine asks "if a new facility were to be built in the south end, in your opinion what major amenities should be included in the design?"

The survey will also help the City understand how to best meet the community's recreational needs at existing City facilities, including the Victoria Road Recreation Centre which will undergo renovations over the next two years to meet accessibility requirements and accommodate growth.

Residents can also participate in an online discussion forum about a potential south end recreation centre by visiting guelph.ca/southendreccentre.

Community input, land use considerations and budget implications will directly influence a plan for a future community and recreational facility in Guelph. Parks and Recreation staff will bring forward a proposed plan with recommendations to the Community and Social Services Committee and City Council this June.


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