Parks and Recreation Master Plan

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Your parks. Your recreation. Your voice.

We're updating our Parks and Recreation Master Plan to guide how we plan for the future development of recreational services and infrastructure in Guelph.

This is an exciting opportunity for residents to help us dive deeper into the themes and strategic directions of the Community Plan that relate to parks and recreation programming in our community.

The updated master plan will be a shared vision and strategy for how the City’s parks and recreation programs, services, and facilities should grow to meet current and future needs of the community.

This is your opportunity to participate in the plan’s creation by adding your voice to the conversation. Check out our engagement summaries from previous phases in the documents section on the right.

Thanks to everyone for your ideas, feedback and stories

  • Between August 8-28 2022 we were out in the community meeting people face to face and online to gather information for the homestretch of the Parks and Recreation Master plan.

  • Watch here for updates on what we heard later this year

  • Next steps: We will be back in the new year with a draft master plan for your feedback.


For more information

Mallory Lemon, Park Planner
Park and Trail Development, Parks
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3560
mallory.lemon@guelph.ca

Eric Pool, Project Manager
Recreation Services, Culture and Recreation
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3366
eric.pool@guelph.ca

Your parks. Your recreation. Your voice.

We're updating our Parks and Recreation Master Plan to guide how we plan for the future development of recreational services and infrastructure in Guelph.

This is an exciting opportunity for residents to help us dive deeper into the themes and strategic directions of the Community Plan that relate to parks and recreation programming in our community.

The updated master plan will be a shared vision and strategy for how the City’s parks and recreation programs, services, and facilities should grow to meet current and future needs of the community.

This is your opportunity to participate in the plan’s creation by adding your voice to the conversation. Check out our engagement summaries from previous phases in the documents section on the right.

Thanks to everyone for your ideas, feedback and stories

  • Between August 8-28 2022 we were out in the community meeting people face to face and online to gather information for the homestretch of the Parks and Recreation Master plan.

  • Watch here for updates on what we heard later this year

  • Next steps: We will be back in the new year with a draft master plan for your feedback.


For more information

Mallory Lemon, Park Planner
Park and Trail Development, Parks
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3560
mallory.lemon@guelph.ca

Eric Pool, Project Manager
Recreation Services, Culture and Recreation
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3366
eric.pool@guelph.ca

  • Workshop Details

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    We hope you can join us for one of three scheduled workshops to dig deeper into some of the themes of this round of engagement for the parks and Recreation Master Plan.

    • In-person
      • Wednesday, August 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Victoria Road Recreation Centre, Oak Room
      • Saturday, August 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at West End Community Centre, community room 2
    • Virtual

    What to expect

    Come prepared to work! At these sessions, attendees will break up into small groups to talk through the topics that interest them most. Choose two topics to dig into, but help us understand your needs for all of the topics when the session regroups for a broader discussion at the end of the session.

    • How can we make the best use of limited existing indoor and outdoor recreation space?
    • What considerations do we need for age based programming and amenity design? - Are there age groups who aren't being served in a way that meets the community's need?
    • We want everyone in Guelph to feel welcome and excited to participate. What barriers might exist and how can we make people feel more welcome in our community parks and recreation programs?
    • Are there things we can do differently that would increase your family’s participation in rec activities?

    Please feel free to contact us if you would like to attend an in-person session but have questions about our COVID protocols or require supports to participate.

    Mallory Lemon, Park Planner
    519-822-1260 extension 3560
    mallory.lemon@guelph.ca

    Eric Pool, Project Manager, Recreation Services
    519-822-1260 extension 3366
    eric.pool@guelph.ca

  • Pop-up activities across the community

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    Our staff will be out at parks, in recreation centres, and in public spaces throughout the month of August to engage the community and talk about the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

    Our Activation Team is everywhere!

    You can catch our activation team all over the city by-chance nearly every day throughout August. They will be handing out information and conducting surveys with folks enjoying our parks and recreation services. You never know where you might see them!

    Scheduled pop-up activities

    Our project team will also be out with activities to engage the broader community and to have deeper discussions about how to improve our services and amenities to serve all of Guelph. They hope to hear more from you in person!

    Check out the schedule below to meet with our staff and participate in quick activities:
    Some dates and times are weather depended and subject to change. We will make every attempt to keep this schedule up-to-date:

    • Thursday August 11 - Exhibition park: 4:30 to 6:30pm
    • Friday August 19 - Outside the Main Branch Library (100 Norfolk st.) 10 to 11:30am
    • Sunday August 21 - Riverside Park: 10am to 12pm
    • Thursday August 25 - Cancelled

    And don't forget about our engagement workshops with in-person and virtual options to dig in deeper, share your thoughts and meet our staff.

  • Budget Watch

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    Funding to grow our parks system as Guelph continues to grow comes in part from development fees we often refer to as 'Growth Revenue'. In particular, Parkland Dedication funds a significant portion of new parks across the city. Not all park upgrades and additions to parks are covered by growth revenue, and so outcomes from the Parks and Recreation Master Plan may have other budget implications.

    Funds for our recreation programming, services and facilities come through a number sources including growth revenue, user fees, project grants, government funding and taxes. Outcomes from the Parks and Recreation Master Plan may have implications on future budgets for recreation as well.

    Your voice matters. Engaging with us now in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan also makes an impact in our multi-year budget process.


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