Town of Blackfalds council approved both the Parks and Facilities Master Plan and the All-Star Park Design Concept at the Jan. 12th regular council meeting.
The development of these plans began in early 2015 and included extensive public consultation. All residents were invited to provide input on the development of the plans through surveys that were mailed out to each household and an online survey was also made available on the Town web site.
In addition, numerous one-on-one consultations with key stakeholders including community groups, the recreation board, business and visitors to the Town occurred.
Community input identified the priority parks and facilities items for the Town to move forward within the coming years. The Parks and Facilities Master Plan will guide related development throughout the community for the next seven years and the All-Star Park Design Concept will direct the development of that 55-acre parcel of land in the coming 10 years.
Projects that were identified as high priority and budgeted for in the 2016 year include: an off-leash dog park, addition of a ball diamond or sports field in Cottonwood Meadows, installation of new benches on Diamond 4 at All-Star Park, restoration of the Wadey Historic House and a new skateboard park on All-Star Park land.
Community members and visitors can look forward to many additional projects being undertaken on the All-Star Park grounds in the next few years as well. Items such as a bike skills park, a public art and community gathering space and an enhanced campground are all being planned for at this time.
Both of the plans can be viewed at www.blackfalds.com/community.