High River Looking for Public Feedback on new Recreation, Facility and Programming Plan


HIGH RIVER, AB: On September 14, Council was presented with an initial proposal to develop a comprehensive Master Recreation, Facility and Programming Plan for High River with 10 and 20 year goals.

Extensive feedback will be collected from the public, Town staff and other major stakeholders in order to identify needs and priorities related to recreation, cultural services, programs and facilities within the Town of High River.

“The plan will positively shape the future of High River and the surrounding communities by promoting healthy, active lifestyles for people of all ages,” says Lisa Reinders, director of community services with the Town. “Residents will help shape this plan by sharing their ideas and giving input on what values best represent the interests of the community.”

McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. has been selected to develop this new Master Recreation, Facility and Programming Plan.

Community members will be asked to participate in an assortment of information gathering processes such as interviews, surveys and online interactive mapping.  McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. will also be working closely with Council, Town staff, the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and the Recreation Board.

“The plan will aid in enhancing the quality of life for residents by fostering active living for people of all ages,” says Evan Goldstrom, planner with McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. “It will also aim to strengthen community pride and ownership and eventually help attract new residents to the community.”

A preliminary online survey and interactive mapping tool have been developed in order to generate some initial discussion among community members. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Master Recreation Plan” page under the Public Forums tab at www.highriver.ca and provide their comments and ideas. The page will be updated with new information as the planning process continues throughout 2016.

McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. will also be active in the community and looking to engage High River residents in open conversation. Representatives will be available at some of the events taking place September 23 – 27.