Over the course of the next five years, the Town of Halton Hills Recreation and Parks Strategic Action Plan will ensure that residents have access to active and healthy lifestyle choices, accessible and inclusive programs and facilities, support for community volunteers and a connection to nature. We need to hear your voice as we create this important plan.
Let's Talk - Virtual Open House
Visit our Let's Talk platform to join the virtual open house, featuring questions to guide you through the most pressing questions facing recreation & parks as we prepare for the future. The virtual open house will be open for submissions until Friday, October 25, 2019. Also use this platform to share your ideas or ask questions about the project. Staff are monitoring and will engage with feedback received.
Other ways to get involved:
Household Telephone Survey – A random sample household telephone survey will be conducted starting October 23. Please participate if you are contacted.
Online Community Survey – An online survey will be held once preliminary directions have been developed in order to test them with the community. Survey will be available beginning in February, 2020.
Overall Project Goal
To develop a five-year plan that guides the Department in the delivery of the Framework for Recreation in Canada and addresses the key elements of active living, inclusion and access to recreation, connecting to nature, encouraging participation, and ensuring continued growth and sustainability.
Community Open House - September 24, 2019
A community open house and launch event was held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at the Gellert Community Centre. Participants joined either a formal discussion session or casual drop-in to identify issues facing the Town and potential strategies for consideration. Have a look at some of the material from this meeting:
Presentation to update Members of Council on the status of the Recreation and Parks Strategic Action Plan project timeline and community engagement process. Have a look at some of the material from this meeting:
More detail will be available as the final Recreation & Parks Strategic Action Plan is completed in early spring, 2020.
UPDATE May 16, 2019:
A public survey was conducted from April 25 to May 16, 2019 that covered a wide variety of questions about recreation fees. Thank you to all those who participated! Results will be available in early fall, when more public notices will be made in regards to a consolidated recreation fee review strategy.
A memo to council regarding the Recreation Fee Review Strategy was presented by Recreation & Parks Commissioner Warren Harris on April 15, 2019. Check out the presentation here: Council Memo (PDF)
As part of the Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan Update being undertaken in 2018/19, the department expects to address the components of the Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015: Pathways to Wellbeing.
The Service Delivery Model developed as part of the 2007 Recreation and Parks Strategic Action Plan outlined the continuum used for the Town to evaluate when recreation programs and services would be provided directly or indirectly. The goal has been to deliver these services in a fiscally responsible manner, while at the same time assuring that financial assistance is available to those who would benefit from participation but cannot afford the fees.
The department does not currently have an up-to-date cost-recovery model to guide decision making in the delivery of programs and services. An updated policy framework would guide Council and staff when assessing actual service and program delivery costs and the associated degree of public benefit. While regional market comparator rates have been reviewed annually, there is a gap in the decision making framework to assess subsidy levels.
A clearer definition of various funding streams (tax revenue, other government funding, sponsorship etc.) and the true cost of service delivery will assist in formalising the scope of municipal government funding to benefit both the individual and the public at large.
The goal of the Recreation and Parks Rates and Fees Strategy is to review the existing rates and fees structure and provide a new framework to rationalize rates, subsidy/cost recovery levels, and future trends based on projected demographics.
The following guiding principles for the review of the Recreation and Parks Department rates and fees are consistent with other municipalities and a policy framework developed by Parks and Recreation Ontario:
Affordable access is critical to the delivery of Recreation and Parks programs, services and facilities
User fee policies must be specific to the needs of the residents of Halton Hills
Rates and fees should strike a balance between reliance on tax base funds, other funding sources, and user fees
All residents should have affordable access to basic services in order to enjoy a better quality of life
To determine how the rates and fees should respond to changing demographics,employment forecasts and income levels
To define a fair and transparent recovery rate for the various programs and services provided in Recreation and Parks
To ensure that required service delivery is sustainable without significant burden on the tax base
To define a rate structure that aligns with those services that most benefit the community and the public's ability to pay (public : private services and benefits)
Getting feedback from the community will be an integral part of the Strategic Action Plan project. Stay tuned for more information to follow.
Why is it important to contribute to the Strategic Action Plan process?
This important document will guide planning and decision‐making related to recreation and parks
services for the next five years. In order to move forward with confidence, the Town wants to know
what YOU think so the plan can reflect community needs.
The Recreation and Parks Strategic Action Plan is about the health of our community and the health of
our environment. It will be the foundation for our quality of life and the quality of growth we foster.
Most of all it is about how we connect with each other. Do not miss the opportunity to contribute as we want to hear your vision for the future.
What sorts of things do Recreation and Parks include?
Recreation and parks include a wide range of Town places, spaces and programs. We want to talk about
parks, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, and recreation programs and services. Everything from
dog parks to sports fields, arenas to pickleball.
How will the plan be developed?
The Town of Halton Hills invites the public to participate in the creation of the new Recreation and Parks
Strategic Action Plan.
Consultants will be working with Town staff and
Council to roll out a consultation strategy over the coming months. The community input received
through this process will be considered together with background studies, trends, data, and inventory to
help shape the Recreation and Parks Strategic Action Plan.