What is the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan?

    The Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan is a guide for the City to deliver parks, recreation, and culture services that meet the growing community’s needs from 2024-2033.

    What’s included in the plan?

    • Research and analysis of existing parks, recreation and culture amenities and programs;

    • A summary of feedback from two rounds of public and stakeholder engagement, and;

    • Recommendations and an implementation plan to help the City deliver  parks, recreation and culture opportunities that meet the community’s needs.  

    Why does Chilliwack need a new plan?

    The last Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan ends in 2023. The City needs an updated plan to set the direction for parks, recreation and culture services from 2024-2033. Chilliwack is growing. Community feedback will help us understand current challenges, opportunities, values, and vision for parks, recreation and culture services in Chilliwack.

    What are some examples of parks, recreation and culture in Chilliwack?

    Parks include those with playgrounds, skate parks, open spaces, sports fields, and natural areas, like Mount Thom Park, Central Community Park, Webster Park, Apple Tree Park, and the Sardis Sportsfield.

    Recreation facilities include the leisure centres, Sardis Sports Complex, Landing Sports Centre, and more.

    Recreation opportunities could include programs like squash classes, swimming lessons and fitness classes. 

    Culture opportunities include fine arts, drama, music, theatre, concerts, crafts and other programs that inspire creativity. The Chilliwack Cultural Centre is one of the key community facilities providing these opportunities. 

    How and when can I provide feedback?

    There will be two rounds of engagement with opportunities for the public to provide input on the project. Watch chilliwack.com and the City’s social media for dates and more details. 

    Round 1- June/July 2021 

    Tell us what works well and what you would like to see improved in the future. Here are different ways to share feedback:

    • Online survey

    • Phone survey 

    • Stakeholder interviews and workshops 

    Round 2- August/September 2021

    Review the draft plan and provide your feedback. 

    How will my feedback be used?

    Your feedback will help us understand what the community thinks of existing parks, recreation, and culture services, and what you would like to see. With this information, we will draft a new plan for the future of Chilliwack’s parks, recreation and culture services. All feedback received will be summarized and included in the final Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan.

    When will the community see the plan?

    Preliminary findings will be available for public review in December 2021, and the final plan will be presented to Council by spring 2022.  

    What is the purpose of a second round of engagement?

    In Round 1, we learned about your broad interests, needs, aspirations and concerns. We assessed each response and in consideration with other key items, such as available budget, initiatives underway in other City departments and more, we created the draft plan. Round 2 engagement is an opportunity to refine and prioritize items for the final plan.