Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 1:00 PM

City Seeks Input Into Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan

Bowring Park Duck Pond

The City of St. John’s is conducting a series of integral public information sessions from March 27 to April 3 as part of developing a Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan. Five interactive Ward sessions will be held throughout the city to engage residents in the discussion about how green spaces and parks contribute to the neighbourhoods in which they live.
 
“The Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan will provide direction on improving and expanding our network of parks, trails and open spaces,” says Councillor Jonathan Galgay, Chair of the Public Works Standing Committee. “The process we are using to develop the plan is interactive, engaging and open – from focus groups with our youth to detailed sessions with developers, sports associations and community advocacy groups. We are excited about taking this discussion into our Wards where we know there are many great ideas on how to improve and enhance our parks and open spaces system.”
 
Sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Ward One - 7 p.m., April 3, Wedgewood Park Community Centre, 47 Gleneyre Street
  • Ward Two - 7 p.m., March 27, Foran Greene Room, City Hall
  • Ward Three & Four* - 7 p.m., April 2, Cowan Heights United Church, 141 Frecker Drive
  • Ward Five - 7 p.m., March 31, Kilbride Lion’s Community Centre, 34 Fahey Street

*Ward Four session is now combined with Ward Three session due to the inclement weather on April 1.

The public consultations will be conducted by Trace Planning and Design, internationally-recognized consultants with an expertise in community development and master planning. Recent projects by this team include the City of Moncton’s Recreation Master Plan, the Riverview Town Centre Plan and Stratford’s Active Transportation Plan.
 
Trace will be utilizing Randall Arendt, the country’s most sought-after speaker on the topic of conservation planning and the driving force behind the Greener Prospects project (www.greenerprospects.com) for some of the upcoming sessions. Arendt is an author, lecturer, educator and site designer specializing in land conservation through more compact development design. He is the author of more than 20 publications, has designed conservation subdivisions in 24 states, and has lectured in 46 states and seven Canadian provinces. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute in London.
 
 
For further information:
Jennifer Mills
Communications and Public Relations Officer
City of St. John's
Phone: (709) 570-2037
Cell: (709) 690-7586
E-mail: jmills@stjohns.ca