Blackfalds plans for needs of recreation and parks

Residents of the Town of Blackfalds benefit from a broad array of recreation and parks services, officials say.

  • May. 7, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Residents of the Town of Blackfalds benefit from a broad array of recreation and parks services, officials say. The availability of these services can be attributed to the dedication of the many organizations and individuals in Blackfalds and the efforts of the Town itself. The most significant and recent addition to the Town’s quality of life infrastructure is the Abbey Master Builder Centre.

In order to ensure that residents continue to enjoy a high quality of life and to meet the recreation and parks needs of the growing population, the Town is undertaking further planning initiatives, officials said.

The Facility and Parks Needs Assessment Master Plan is being completed by the Town to update the 2008 master plan.

This plan will assess the current state of recreation and parks services as well as provide guidance for the provision of these services by the Town in the coming 10 years. A project team led by RC Strategies has been hired by the Town to assist in the completion of the Master Plan.

Engagement with residents, stakeholders and community organizations is critical to developing the master plan. Community perspectives on recreation and parks services in the Blackfalds area will be gathered through a survey to local agencies and organizations, discussions with stakeholders and engagement with students.

A resident questionnaire will be mailed to residents in Blackfalds and nearby Lacombe County. These consultation activities will occur in this month and the month of June.

“Recreation and parks services are important to our residents and contribute to their quality of life,” said Town of Blackfalds Mayor Melodie Stol. “It is important that we undertake planning to ensure that the Town continues to appropriately provide these services to the community.

“Hearing from our residents and community organizations on the current opportunities in the area and future priorities is important. All community members are strongly encouraged to provide their input when given the opportunity.”

The Facility and Parks Needs Assessment Master Plan is scheduled for completion by late 2015.