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Regional Indoor Recreation and Community Facilities Master Plan

The Wood Buffalo Regional Indoor Recreation and Community Facilities Master Plan is a municipal guidance document, designed to further effective planning, budgeting, and implementation of stated goals and objectives for indoor recreation and community facilities in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The Master Plan provides a comprehensive, multi-year framework of short (one to two years), medium (three to six years), and longer-term (more than seven years) priorities for the development of indoor recreation and community facilities and programming within the Municipality. Accordingly, this Master Plan is a flexible document to guide municipal decision making over the next ten years that provides Council with discretion to invest in indoor recreation and community facilities in the context of uncertain population growth patterns.

The process guiding the development of the Master Plan required:

  • Public engagement and stakeholder outreach;
  • Analysis of local, regional, and provincial demographic and leisure and facility trends;
  • Review of best practices in other communities;
  • Region-wide review of existing indoor recreation and community facilities;
  • Establishment of facility provision targets regionally; and
  • Analysis of Municipal strategic plans and policies so as to align Master Plan recommendations in a manner which ensures the Municipality is able to take full advantage of programming, investment, and partnership opportunities.

The Master Plan provides a series of recommendations to guide municipal decision-making. These recommendations are based on a set of principles and goals developed for this Plan. Development principles provide a framework as to how indoor recreation and community facility and programming provision should take place within the regional Municipality:

  • The Municipality must engage in recreation and community facilities as a public investment;
  • The Municipality must maintain the community development model of recreation and community facilities;
  • The Municipality must continue to engage in a partnership approach to indoor facility operations; and
  • The Municipality must plan for growth and diversity of opportunity in indoor recreation and community facilities and programming.

Each principle is supported through a series of goals that outline the Master Plan’s aspirations for indoor recreation and community facilities and programming in the regional Municipality. These goals underpin each of the Master Plan recommendations. The goals are intended to be mutually reinforcing:

  1. Develop infrastructure to enhance quality of life for residents, resident retention and financial sustainability;
  2. Promote health, wellness and active living;
  3. Maximize access to recreational and community-oriented opportunities, programs and services;
  4. Enhance operational accountability;
  5. Improve value for money;
  6. An improved, coordinated and integrated recreation and community service delivery system;
  7. Strengthen the region’s sport tourism mandate; and
  8. Solidify the Urban Service Area’s role as a regional hub for recreation.

Based on these principles and goals, the Master Plan provides recommendations under the broad categories of facilities, programming, and service delivery.

On July 14, 2015, the Wood Buffalo Regional Indoor Recreation and Community Facilities Master Plan was approved by Council for use as a guiding document for future planning and budget development purposes.

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