Public engagement on recreation amenities, facilities begins

Medicine Hat – Public engagement on City-owned recreation amenities and facilities is now underway – one of the many steps in the development of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan. This important step will ensure community feedback is captured and used to shape future decision making in alignment with the values of the community.

“We’re challenged by our ageing infrastructure and have an opportunity to step back and look at all the pieces and then need to make decisions on how we invest our dollars, whether that means closing, replacing or repurposing the amenities that have reached a point where significant investment is necessary,” said Scott Richter, Business & Innovation Manager with Parks and Recreation. “This engagement process is our chance to understand how residents want to allocate their tax dollars towards recreation facilities and amenities, how we allocate the efforts of thousands of local volunteers, and how the City should evaluate the fate of ageing facilities.”

The City is offering a variety of opportunities for engagement.

In-person Information Sessions

The City will host three information sessions, open to the public, beginning on Friday.

Friday, November 5
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
2 – 4 p.m.

Friday, November 5
Big Marble Go Centre
6 – 8 p.m.

Please note that the Esplanade and Big Marble Go Centre are operating under the Government of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program (REP). Proof of vaccination, exemption or negative COVID test will be required to enter the facility, and masking is mandatory inside the building for the duration of the event. Full details on the REP, including answers to frequently asked questions, are available on the City website.

Saturday, November 6
Medicine Hat Public Library
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Online Engagement Opportunities

In addition to in-person engagement opportunities, an online survey is now available on the City’s public engagement website, Shape Your City. The survey will be open to the general public until 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 18.

An online forum will also be available on Shape Your City beginning Friday, November 5 at 1 p.m. Submissions will close on Monday, November 8 at 8 a.m.

“We want the conversations to be amount vibrancy, activity, careers, inclusion, tourism, livable community – we want big picture when it comes to the future of our facilities,” Richter said. “Imagine what our recreation facilities, City and region could look like in 50 years from now. That’s the opportunity we have in front of us right now, stepping back and looking at all the pieces that create great communities.”

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