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Mission seeks feedback on plan for parks, recreation, arts and culture

Survey open, in-person engagement sessions scheduled ahead of master plan update
The baseball/softball diamond near the Mission Leisure Centre would be replaced by other fields in the new activity hub plan presented to council earlier in the year. Residents can provide feedback on the activity hub and Mission’s parks, recreation, arts and culture plan as a whole via a new survey. /Dillon White Photo

Mission residents now have an opportunity to provide input on the future of parks and recreation in the area.

The City of Mission is updating its Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan and seeking the public’s feedback with a survey and a pair of in-person engagement sessions.

“Our parks, trails and recreation facilities are where we spend time with friends and family, connect with nature, and meet our neighbours,” Mission Mayor Paul Horn said in a news release. “They are places where we get to celebrate what it means to live in Mission. Ensuring that our parks and amenities meet the needs of a growing and evolving population is one of council’s chief priorities.”

The update includes plans for an activity hub from Mission Leisure Centre to Centennial Park, refreshed recommendations from the 2018 master plan, guidelines for parkland acquisition, and updated trail standards.

“We want to hear about your ideas for improving Mission’s Parks, Recreation and Culture services, including indoor and outdoor programming, recreation facilities, and Arts & Culture,” the survey introduction reads.

The survey includes questions about usage and experience with local parks, the Clarke Theatre, recreation, and arts and culture. Respondents will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on needs for both indoor and outdoor locations such as fields, gymnasiums, courts, arenas and parks.

“To get it right, we need to hear from you. Please help us to improve these public spaces by giving us your thoughts,” Horn said.

The current parks master plan was adopted by council in 2018. It helps guide programming in Mission, along with the management and development of parks and facilities.

The city will check in on the status of 2018 recommendations as part of the update. Two new sections will be added to cover the activity hub and an expanded arts and culture section.

The update will come before council later in 2024.

A survey is available on from now until April 21. Responses will be kept confidential and reproduced in a summary for council.

In-person engagement sessions are scheduled for April 6 at Mission Leisure Centre between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., as well as April 8 at Steelhead Community Hall at a time to be announced.

READ MORE: City plans activity hub for Centennial Park and Mission Leisure Centre

Dillon White

About the Author: Dillon White

I joined the Mission Record in November of 2022 after moving to B.C. from Nova Scotia earlier in the year.
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