The Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan was initiated in 2017.  The goal of the project is to provide the Town of Grimsby with short and long term guidelines for the provision of parks, recreation and culture services from 2018 - 2028. 

The project was initiated in 2017 with a request for proposals.  The project was awarded in December 2017 to MHBC Planning as the lead consultant, and work began in January 2018.   A variety of community, staff and stakeholder consultations took place throughout April - October, including an online survey that received over 900 responses. 

Some of the key outcomes of the plan are:

Create a current context for the department and the Master Plan including industry trends, challenges, population and demographics, user expectations, community profile and Town spending on parks, recreation and culture.

  1. Define the Town of Grimsby’s role in providing parks, recreation and culture services, and identify the department role specifically.
  2. Develop a vision for the department.
  3. Provide a baseline assessment (strengths and weaknesses) of the parks, recreation and culture service areas, including a review of departmental human resources, policies and infrastructure.
  4. Provide a framework of priorities for future decision-making that allows staff and Council to be responsive to changing needs, trends and emerging opportunities
  5. Create an implementation strategy for the 2028 vision that addresses each of the following areas including service level changes, capital investments and human resource needs to meet the objectives.
    • Parks services
    • Facility services
    • Recreation program services
    • Trails services
    • Cultural services
    • Community special events
    • Community development

The Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan is anticipated to be finalized in November 2018.   

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