Recreation Master Plan
The City of Regina is planning for recreation with the development of a new Recreation Master Plan. The Recreation Master Plan guides future decisions on the delivery of recreation programs and services in Regina. The Plan, developed in consultation with user groups, stakeholders and the community, addresses the current needs of our growing and changing population, and provides a framework for the sustainable delivery of quality recreation programs into the future.
The proposed Plan envisions four season sport and recreation opportunities that improve quality of life and make Regina a more vibrant and attractive place to live, work and visit. The following values will provide direction for future decisions regarding the delivery of recreation programs and services: essential, accessible, inclusive, complementary, alignment, clustered, co-located and flexible, multi-use, multi-season, multi-generation and innovative design.
Master Plans are tools used by all municipalities to guide future development in key areas. The City approved the Transportation Master Plan in 2017, and is beginning work this year on a Fire & Protective Services Master Plan. Council will review the proposed Recreation Master Plan at the January 28, 2019 City Council meeting. You can read the full Recreation Master Plan here.
The Plan outlines the following indoor and outdoor amenity action plan:
1. Increase provision, both quantity and quality, of indoor aquatic facilities, off leash dog parks, picnic sites, accessible playgrounds, dedicated athletic fields, cricket pitches and outdoor skate parks/pods.
2. Reduce quantity but enhance quality of indoor ice arenas, ball diamonds, outdoor racquet court areas, outdoor basketball court spaces, outdoor pools and spray pads.
3. Consider partnering but do not initiate the development of indoor fields, community gardens, bmx/bike parks, curling rinks, indoor climbing walls, indoor skate parks, gymnastics spaces and indoor tennis facilities.
4. Consider developing indoor fitness/wellness facilities, indoor playgrounds, and arts and culture program spaces when appropriate opportunities exist to complement other indoor amenities (developing new or repurposing of existing recreation amenities).
5. For all other categories of amenities, consider supporting in some way projects proposed by others only when it makes sense to do so using the partnership process proposed herein.
To help in the development of the Master Plan, residents and community organizations were asked to share their thoughts in late-2016, early-2017. The community responded strongly to our request for assistance:
- Over 1,300 responses were collected in an online survey;
- 600 households took part in a telephone survey;
- Over 600 youth completed surveys;
- Over 180 sport, culture and recreation organizations completed a questionnaire and met with consultants; and
- A number of residents attended public open houses.
Your feedback was invaluable and was used as an input as the specific recommendations of the Recreation Master Plan were developed. Through the surveys, a key theme emerged about the value that residents place on recreation services: almost 75 per cent of respondents strongly agreed that the community as a whole benefits from the recreation programs and services offered by the City.
The community was asked for input on the draft of the Recreation Master Plan in May 2018 by attending information workshops and responding to an online survey. Over 300 people attended the sessions and 200 responded to the survey, with positive results.
Conversations with the public will continue as decisions on future investments are made through the budget process.
Recreation Facility Plan 2010-2020
The purpose of the Recreation Facility Plan is to provide recommendations to help the City allocate resources toward meeting the highest priority sport, culture and recreation needs, in a manner that maximizes the impact on the community-at-large for every public dollar invested.
The Recreation Facility Plan was developed through a process that included analysis of the research and recommendations in the Recreation Facility Strategy to 2020 (a study completed by Professional Environmental Recreation Consultants in 2008), extensive public consultation, a review of leading practices in sport, culture and recreation facility planning, and extensive planning with internal and external partners to ensure the recommendations are aligned with other corporate and community initiatives.