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Draft Parks, Recreation, and Culture Master Summary Plan ready for review!

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For Immediate Release

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Langley City, BC –The City of Langley is working toward preparing a comprehensive 10-year Parks, Recreation, and Culture (PRC) Master Plan that will provide direction to City Council and staff on the acquisition and development of parks and open spaces, recreation, and cultural facilities, and the delivery of services to best meet the needs of the growing and changing community.

A diverse engagement process was used to understand the community’s interests, desires, and priorities for the future of parks, recreation, and culture, including a community survey, visioning workshops, interviews, a quick survey, and emails. We received 876 community survey responses, and 1,000 touchpoints to date were received. Read the Summary of Engagement and the Draft Plan to see the breakdown!

Some of the highlights of the vision and goals include dynamic parks, diverse recreational activities, and rich cultural experiences. Key themes also include inclusive opportunities, safety, trail connectivity a healthy environment, and quality infrastructure. The recommendations for parks focus on obtaining new parks for the expanding downtown, improving some parks, and new amenities such as a skatepark, bike pump track, beach volleyball courts, and artificial turf field. Trail recommendations focus on improving connectivity.

There are many recommendations for key facilities, including the expansion of Timms Community Centre, a renewed Douglas Recreation Centre, an indoor aquatic facility, and a performing arts and culture centre. As these will need to be phased over time, the City is seeking community input on the priorities.

“The highlights, key themes, and recommendations are preliminary, and there’s still more public engagement to do, but it's great to see residents re-imagining parks, recreational, and cultural amenities for the community's changing needs now and into the future.” Kim Hilton, director of recreation, culture, and community services.

A successful (PRC) Master Plan requires further consultation. Residents are encouraged to give more input in the following ways:

Please complete the 10-minute survey before April 25, 2022, and enter for a chance to win – a 3-month (Up to $150 in value) recreation pass! One person in each age group will win!) Please enter your name and contact information at the end of this survey to enter the draw!

The PRC Master Plan will build upon the vision developed through the OCP process, review existing plans, policies, and strategies, and conduct a technical review of existing facilities and amenities. Community engagement will be an important factor in guiding this process to ensure its success. Draft recommendations will be completed by spring 2022, and the draft PRC Master Plan is anticipated to be adopted in summer 2022.

 

Media Inquiries:
Samantha Paulson, Communications Officer
City of Langley
spaulson@langleycity.ca