City seeks opinions on rec and community facilities

Residents asked to complete survey for 20-year, infrastructural and operational recreation and community facility plan.

The City of Brandon is seeking the public’s input as it develops a 20-year plan for its recreation and community facilities.

The city is asking residents to participate in an online survey in an effort to collect information on how Brandonites currently feel about and use its inventory of recreational infrastructure, and what might be of interest to ratepayers moving forward. A link to the survey can be found at the city’s website: www.brandon.ca/recreation-parks/rec-master-plan.

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“Undeniably, Brandon’s recreation and community facilities contribute to the enjoyment and quality-of-life for residents and visitors alike, and the City of Brandon wants to ensure that future investments will serve the best interests of the community as a whole for years to come,” Brandon’s Director of Community Services Perry Roque said in a press release announcing the initiative.

“Once updated, our Recreation and Community Facilities Master Plan (RCFMP) will be an important tool in forwarding the community’s vision for recreation, with policies that align with the vision, the city’s growth and provision of recreation facilities, and for guiding future investment for recreation. Specifically, we will use the plan to prioritize capital projects and, ultimately, create a municipal recreation philosophy for the city and the whole community to embrace and follow.”

The recreation facilities master plan was first introduced in 2007 to guide the municipality in prioritizing and developing various infrastructural projects including community centers, arenas, pools, sports fields, trails and courts. The plan, which was originally supposed to cover the city’s recreational operations through 2027, is being updated due to Brandon’s growth in population, the wider cultural diversity coming with that growth, and the aged condition of some of the city’s infrastructure as it pertains to demographics, accessibility requirements and new trends in recreational activity.

The online survey is one part of the municipality’s wider effort in developing a new RCFMP. Administrators with the City of Brandon are also meeting with user groups and stakeholders to determine what is working well and what requires adjustment within the city’s inventory of facilities.

The City of Brandon will also be hosting two community workshops early next year in relation to the development of the RCFMP. Everyone is welcome to participate by sharing their opinions and experiences with the city’s recreational facilities.

The survey, however, is being used to collect information from all residents, whether they use recreational and community facilities or not. It will be available to complete until late-January.

The proposed RCFMP update is scheduled for presentation to members of city council sometime next spring.

– With notes from the City of Brandon

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