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About this project

The City of Pickering is embarking on the development of a new Recreation & Parks 10-Year Plan that will provide direction and guidance with respect to Recreation and Parks planning for the next ten-year time horizon – 2024-2034.  The plan will provide direction for managing parks and recreation programs, the efficient delivery of services, and the development of new or the renewal of existing infrastructure to support our growing community.

Much has changed in our community since the last Plan was approved by Council in 2017. View the PDF file.

With Seaton just around the corner, planning now is more important than ever!

Arena Strategy: This process also involves the development of a separate Arena Strategy to ensure that we are planning well for our ice and arena user groups which will include a thorough examination of our existing facilities.  This component of the project will be advanced to ensure that infrastructure planning can be considered within the planning of new facilities for Seaton.

Location

City of Pickering

Facility Highlights

The City of Pickering owns and operates a number of Recreation & Community Centres in the community, including the Chestnut Hill Development Recreation Complex and Arena Facility, George Ashe Community Centre, East Shore Community Centre, Don Beer Arena and the Pickering Museum Village.  Additionally, new facilities are being planned to support our continued growth including a new Youth & Seniors Centre and Library facility adjacent to City Hall in downtown Pickering, a new multi-faceted Community Centre for the Seaton Community and a new Pickering Heritage Centre.

To compliment this infrastructure, the City manages a large number of parks and active outdoor sport and leisure facilities for the enjoyment of year-around outdoor activities. This includes over 85 parks and green spaces, including a beautiful waterfront, spray pads, skate board parks, playgrounds, tennis and pickleball courts, ball diamonds and soccer fields, cricket fields, beach volleyball, off-leash dog parks, lawn bowling greens, community gardens, an interconnected trail system and much more.

Latest Updates

The project kicked off in August 2023 and will conclude in June 2024.  The City is pleased to be working with Monteith Brown Planning Consultants (MBPC).  MBPC completed the 2017 Recreation & Parks Master Plan also.

2023

July-September 2023

Phase 1: Project Initiation & Internal Consultation

 

August-October 2023

Phase 2: Situational Analysis, including Research & Data Collection

 

November 2023

Phase 3: Community Consultation

2024

December 2023- March 2024

Phase 4: Plan Development & Council Approval on the Arena Strategy

 

April-June 2024

Phase 5: Plan Finalization & Council Approval

 

July 2024
Phase 5:  Open House sessions and online submission for feedback on the Draft Plan.

Related Documents

Community Consultation

Visit LetsTalkPickering.ca/RPMP for the latest opportunities. 

Contacts

Marilou Murray
Manager, Community Services
City of Pickering
Phone: 905.420.4660 ext. 3249


2017 Recreation and Parks Master Plan

Recreation and parks facilities, programs, and services play a vital role in our community and in the lives of our residents. 

A Recreation & Parks Master Plan provides the City with up-to-date insight on community needs, and effective ways to deliver programs and services over the next 10 years. The Master Plan is an update to the 2002 Recreation & Parks Master Plan.

After extensive community consultation, the Recreation & Parks Master Plan with Executive Summary and Skateboard Park Strategy with Executive Summary were finalized and subsequently approved by Pickering Council on January 15, 2018 (as per Council Resolution #389/18).
Hard copies of the Recreation & Parks Master Plan and Skateboard Park Strategy can be made available upon request. Please contact communityservices@pickering.ca

Points of clarification to the Council approved documents

  1. The location of the new Skateboard Park, proposed to be in front of the main entrance to the Pickering Recreation Complex, is not supported by Council. As such, staff will investigate other locations within the Pickering City Centre for the new community skateboard park.
  2. Prior to implementation, staff will initiate a consultative process with applicable user groups (including but not limited to Tennis members, Tennis pay as you go participants, Golden members, Tennis Pro and 1st Pickering Pickleball Club) to further discuss recommendation #25 of the Master Plan report (to delineate playing boundaries for pickleball on an existing indoor tennis court at the Recreation Complex). This consultative process would likely take most of 2018 so the project would not come before Council any earlier than 2019.
  3. The racquetball player committee will be given the opportunity to increase membership, usage and revenues to reach City established targets over a 2 year period ending December 31, 2019. Subject to the results of this endeavour, staff will initiate a consultative process to implement recommendation #26 of the Master Plan report (repurposing options for the racquetball court) no earlier than 2019. This consultative work will include but is not limited to racquetball members, racquetball pay as you go participants, handball participants, complex members and the general public. The repurposing of the racquetball court will be a budget item which would come before Council for approval prior to implementation, and not before 2020. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this very important process for the City of Pickering! The input received from the public and stakeholders throughout this process has helped shape the development of the Recreation & Parks Master Plan and Skateboard Park Strategy.

Background

Recreation and parks facilities, programs, and services play a vital role in our community and in the lives of our residents. To provide direction to maintain these important community assets over the next ten years, the City of Pickering is preparing a Recreation & Parks Master Plan as approved at the Council meeting of October 17, 2016. This process will provide the City with up-to-date insight on community needs, and effective ways to provide facilities and deliver programs. The master plan will be an update of the 2002 Recreation & Parks Master Plan; view the Strategic Plan Report and the Technical Plan Report.

The community engagement period is now complete. Thank you to everyone who participated! Over the past few months, residents and user groups provided input to inform the master planning process through a number of opportunities including Open HousePublic Input SessionsPop-Up EventRandom Household Telephone Survey, and User Group Survey. Written submissions were also received. 

 

Public Input Sessions

Afternoon and evening Public Input Sessions were held on January 31, 2017 at the Pickering Recreation Complex to introduce the project to the public and to collect initial feedback. Over 50 people participated in the sessions and submitted comments. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Open House

An Open House was held on Monday, November 27th at the Pickering Recreation Complex (Lobby) from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm providing an opportunity for the community to speak to Staff, and provide your feedback to the draft Recreation & Parks Master Plan and Skateboard Park Strategy.

Public and community stakeholders were also invited to provide their feedback to the draft reports online during the period of November 16 to December 6, 2017. Online submissions were received.

The summary of community feedback to the draft Recreation & Parks Master Plan and Skateboard Park Strategy is reflected in Appendix E of the Recreation & Parks Master Plan.

Pop-Up Event

A Pop-Up Event was held at the Pickering Recreation Complex on February 20, 2017 to collect input on how to improve indoor and outdoor parks and recreation facilities, and programs. Thank you to everyone to participated!

Random Household Telephone Survey

A Random Household Telephone Survey was conducted between February 27, 2017 to March 20, 2017 to collect input on residents' participation, opinions, and preferences in recreation and parks opportunities. 384 household surveys were completed. Thank you to everyone who participated!

User Group Survey

A User Group Survey was conducted between February 24 to March 27, 2017 to collect information about participation rates, facility usage, areas for improvement, and future needs. 36 user groups submitted a completed survey. Thank you to everyone who participated!