The City of Cornwall is updating its Recreation Master Plan to identify community priorities for parks and recreation services over the next ten years.

Through public input and research, the Master Plan will be an actionable strategy that can readily adapt to changes in the community and emerging trends. It will assist the City and stakeholders in making strategic investments to ensure a healthy community, improve the quality of life for residents, and encourage a strong economy and sustainable environment.

The Master Plan will explore topic areas including:

  • Indoor and outdoor recreation facilities – a particular focus will be placed on outdoor aquatics and the Benson Centre lands;
  • Parks and open spaces – a particular focus is placed on the role of Guindon Park; and
  • Programs and services.

Key Themes

Key findings from 2020's initial public engagement and research phase are summarized within this Emerging Directions document. These themes will be assessed alongside community profiles, usage data, and promising practices from other communities to inform the Master Plan's recommendations.

Read the full document, or take a look at this summary:

  1. Recreation and parks services are very important to Cornwall residents.
  2. The pandemic has highlighted the vital role of parks and trails in staying active and connected.
  3. Demand is growing for unstructured activities for all ages.
  4. Affordable recreation opportunities are in demand.
  5. Many residents are not aware of the broad range of available activities.
  6. Maintaining existing facilities is a priority over adding new ones.
  7. We need to be creative in accommodating emerging sports and activities.
  8. Cornwall's waterfront is its best asset and public use should be maximized.
  9. The new arts and culture centre will fill a long-time need.
  10. Partnerships can be effective at leveraging resources and building capacity.
  11. The City needs to be proactive in order to maximize value for its residents.

We want to hear from you!

Public and stakeholder consultation is critical to developing a plan that responds to community needs. We want to know how you use parks, facilities, and services, as well as how we can improve public spaces and services for future generations.

Note: In-person consultation events will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be scheduled at an appropriate time in the future.

Over the coming months, there will be a number of opportunities to get involved:

  • Fill out a Community Survey (the survey closed on May 18 - stay tuned for further updates).
  • Attend a future Public Open House to learn about the project and to provide your input.
  • Submit written comments by clicking here to email.

A public meeting will be held near the end of the planning process to present the Draft Master Plan and gather additional feedback. Stay tuned for updates!

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