Key directions of parks and rec master plan presented to North Huron council

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NORTH HURON – Monteith Brown Planning Consultants presented their key directions for the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Master Plan to North Huron council on Nov. 10 at its special council meeting at the Town Hall Theatre in Wingham.

The master plan is meant to establish strategies that meet the needs of North Huron residents over 10 years.

The goal is to become leaders in delivering activities, facilities, programs, and services that support healthy and active lifestyles through inclusive, accessible, high-quality parks, recreation, and cultural services.

The report provided guiding principles for use in consideration of the development of recommendations for the master plan:

- Active, Healthy, and Connected Lifestyles

- Inclusion and Access

- Fiscal Sustainability

-Commitment to Service Excellence

- Invest in Infrastructure

-Strong Partnerships Build Strong Communities

- Coordinated Approach to Service Delivery

The report includes 12 key directions: working with the public and stakeholders to enhance key spaces, viewed as community hubs for residents to gather and participate in parks, recreation, and cultural activities.

Additionally, investigating and monitoring the North Huron Wescast Community Complex and the Blyth Community Centre, possibly converting the wading pool at the Blyth Lions Park to a splash pad, the addition of skateparks in Wingham and Blyth, and ensuring that all opportunities are inclusive and accessible to all residents, regardless of ability, age, background, income, and orientation.

The report also suggested the creation of a Youth Advisory Council and Seniors Advisory Committee, pursue Youth Friendly designation, and create an Age-Friendly Strategy.

A virtual public information centre has been created to provide an opportunity for the public to review the summary of the draft Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan and provide feedback before finalization for council’s consideration.

The deadline for providing feedback is Thursday, Nov. 25.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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