Residents encouraged to participate in Parkland & Recreation Master Plan virtual meeting

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The City of Belleville plans to host a virtual meeting to discuss its Parkland & Recreation Master Plan with the public.

Earlier in the year, the city announced the development of the city’s first Parkland and Recreation Master Plan to guide municipal investment to enhance the city’s public park system including land acquisition, development and redevelopment, community use, and intended funding for the next 10 years.

The city commissioned Sierra Planning and Management, a multidisciplinary planning firm in collaboration with The MBTW Group and WGD Architects, to develop the Master Plan.

Through a comprehensive public engagement process, complemented by a thorough analysis of current and projected community needs and best practices, the project team has been working hard to develop the plan.

On Wednesday, November 18th, the city and Sierra Planning will be virtually hosting the first public meeting for the Parkland and Recreation Master Plan.

From 6-8 p.m., the project team will be providing the public with an update on the progress so far, discussing strengths, opportunities and issues relating to parkland and recreation in Belleville.

“Thank you to everyone who took part in our online survey and provided their feedback,” said the city’s chief administrative officer Rod Bovay. “Feedback collected from the public engagement process will be crucial in gauging the needs and priorities of our community and we continue to urge all residents to take the time to participate in any way they can to ensure their voice is heard.”

The meeting will be held online via Zoom Webinar and residents interested in participating must RSVP online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/S3BV78P by 12 p.m. on November 17th.

An email will be sent out in advance of the meeting providing registrants with the login details. Residents requiring additional accessibility supports are asked to contact communications@belleville.ca prior to the RSVP deadline to ensure that alternate arrangements can be made.

While other municipal buildings remain closed to public access due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City Hall is currently open to the public from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday. All visitors to City Hall are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. A greeter will ensure that a limited number of people will be admitted into the building at the same time to maintain safe physical distances.

The city kindly encourages residents to call 613-968-6481 before visiting a city facility to confirm hours of operation and asks that whenever possible, to consider doing business online or over the phone.

Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer