Winnipeg Recreation & Parks Strategies

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

After hearing from you on what matters most when it comes to recreation and parks, the draft strategies are here and we want to hear from you to ensure they reflect your values and priorities. You have until April 23, 2021 so tell your friends and family and have your say.

Overview of the draft Recreation Strategy:VISION - Winnipeg’s recreation system fosters the well-being of individuals, communities, and natural environments by enabling all to engage in meaningful, accessible experiences and activities. VALUES - Public Good, Inclusion & Equity, Sustainability, Lifelong Participation, and Innovation. OPERATING PRINCIPLES - Outcome-Driven, High Quality & Relevant, Evidence-based, and Supported by Partnerships. GOALS - Active Living: Winnipeggers of all ages and abilities have opportunities for physical recreation, leisure, play, and sport. Inclusion & Access: Individual and community participation in recreation activities is not limited by physical, social, economic, environmental or systemic barriers. Connecting People & Nature: People connect with nature in their communities and have opportunities to learn and value ecological systems and their functions. Supportive Environments: Recreation services and facilities reflect our community’s diversity, foster socialization and participation, and build healthy, caring communities. Capacity Building: The recreation system is sustainable, supports growth, adapts to changing needs, enables collaboration, and increases resilience and community capacity.

Overview of the draft Parks Strategy:VISION - Winnipeg’s parks system fosters the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and natural environments by enabling all to engage in meaningful, accessible outdoor experiences and activities. VALUES - Public Good, Inclusion & Equity, Sustainability, Lifelong Participation, and Innovation. OPERATING PRINCIPLES - Outcome-Driven, High Quality & Relevant, Evidence-based, and Supported by Partnerships. GOALS - Active Living: Winnipeggers of all ages and abilities have opportunities for outdoor physical recreation, leisure, play, sport, and active transportation. Inclusion & Access: Access to parks, amenities, and participation is not limited by physical, social, economic, communication, or systemic barriers. Connecting People & Nature: People can connect with nature in their communities, have opportunities to learn, and value ecological systems and the functions they provide. Supportive Environments: Parks spaces are designed to connect people to civic amenities and systems, foster socialization and participation, and help build strong, caring communities. Capacity Building: The parks system is sustainable, able to support growth, and adaptable to changing needs.

What we heard in Phase 1

Quality & Supply — Increase the number and improve the quality of recreation facilities and parks. Services & Programming — Improve the operations of recreation and parks. Access & Transportation — Increase the ease of access to recreation and parks amenities. Natural Preservation — Restore and increase natural areas. Community & Inclusivity — Ensure amenities are accessible, welcoming, and safe for everyone to gather. Funding — Invest in recreation and parks.


Background

Winnipeg’s recreation and parks services and infrastructure contribute to the enjoyment and quality of life for residents

After hearing from you on what matters most when it comes to recreation and parks, the draft strategies are here and we want to hear from you to ensure they reflect your values and priorities. You have until April 23, 2021 so tell your friends and family and have your say.

Overview of the draft Recreation Strategy:VISION - Winnipeg’s recreation system fosters the well-being of individuals, communities, and natural environments by enabling all to engage in meaningful, accessible experiences and activities. VALUES - Public Good, Inclusion & Equity, Sustainability, Lifelong Participation, and Innovation. OPERATING PRINCIPLES - Outcome-Driven, High Quality & Relevant, Evidence-based, and Supported by Partnerships. GOALS - Active Living: Winnipeggers of all ages and abilities have opportunities for physical recreation, leisure, play, and sport. Inclusion & Access: Individual and community participation in recreation activities is not limited by physical, social, economic, environmental or systemic barriers. Connecting People & Nature: People connect with nature in their communities and have opportunities to learn and value ecological systems and their functions. Supportive Environments: Recreation services and facilities reflect our community’s diversity, foster socialization and participation, and build healthy, caring communities. Capacity Building: The recreation system is sustainable, supports growth, adapts to changing needs, enables collaboration, and increases resilience and community capacity.

Overview of the draft Parks Strategy:VISION - Winnipeg’s parks system fosters the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and natural environments by enabling all to engage in meaningful, accessible outdoor experiences and activities. VALUES - Public Good, Inclusion & Equity, Sustainability, Lifelong Participation, and Innovation. OPERATING PRINCIPLES - Outcome-Driven, High Quality & Relevant, Evidence-based, and Supported by Partnerships. GOALS - Active Living: Winnipeggers of all ages and abilities have opportunities for outdoor physical recreation, leisure, play, sport, and active transportation. Inclusion & Access: Access to parks, amenities, and participation is not limited by physical, social, economic, communication, or systemic barriers. Connecting People & Nature: People can connect with nature in their communities, have opportunities to learn, and value ecological systems and the functions they provide. Supportive Environments: Parks spaces are designed to connect people to civic amenities and systems, foster socialization and participation, and help build strong, caring communities. Capacity Building: The parks system is sustainable, able to support growth, and adaptable to changing needs.

What we heard in Phase 1

Quality & Supply — Increase the number and improve the quality of recreation facilities and parks. Services & Programming — Improve the operations of recreation and parks. Access & Transportation — Increase the ease of access to recreation and parks amenities. Natural Preservation — Restore and increase natural areas. Community & Inclusivity — Ensure amenities are accessible, welcoming, and safe for everyone to gather. Funding — Invest in recreation and parks.


Background

Winnipeg’s recreation and parks services and infrastructure contribute to the enjoyment and quality of life for residents and visitors. They improve our health and wellbeing, strengthen our communities, protect nature, and make our city a more attractive place to live and work.

Today, we are facing some difficult challenges in maintaining aging infrastructure and making new investments to meet future needs. As Winnipeg continues to grow and change, the need to make strategic, forward-thinking decisions to ensure we can deliver high-quality recreation and parks services is essential.

The Winnipeg Recreation & Parks Strategies will provide long-term vision and will present 25-year frameworks to help guide recreation and parks programs, services, policies, standards and procedures, and future investment in existing and new infrastructure.

This long-term vision is important, as the City faces some difficult challenges in maintaining its aging infrastructure and making new investments to meet future needs. Much of Winnipeg’s existing recreation and parks infrastructure is at or near the end of its useful lifecycle, and we need to find out where Winnipeggers want to see future investment.

Some factors we’ve considered in developing the draft Parks Strategy include: population growth; changing neighbourhoods and demographics; evolving needs and expectations of Winnipeggers; changing trends in leisure and recreation; limited and declining resources; expanding neighbourhoods; and, aging infrastructure.

Parks & Open Space

Winnipeg’s parks and open space encourages and promotes healthy lifestyles, cleaner environments, civic pride and urban beautification. There is currently no formal plan guiding the future growth and development of Winnipeg’s parks network. As Winnipeg grows and changes, the Parks Strategy will guide long-term planning for new parks, park expansions, and improved access to existing parks.

In association with the development of the Parks Strategy, a Regional Parks Investment Strategy will be developed to define short and long-term capital investment needs for large parks in Winnipeg like Kildonan Park, King’s Park and St. Vital Park.

Recreation

The majority of City recreation facilities pre-date the early 1970’s and are now at or near the end of their useful lifecycle. Existing facilities are not distributed equally across the city, leading to a wide variety of service levels by neighbourhood. Considerable growth in new areas of the city is creating demand for new recreation facilities and services. Recreation infrastructure must also be updated to support current and future changes in demographics, accessibility requirements, and newer recreation use trends.

  • March 26, 2021

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Thank you to all who attended the Winnipeg Recreation & Parks Strategies workshops on March 24 and 25, 2021. If you were unable to attend, we encourage you to view the presentation slides in the Document Library and provide your comments through the parks survey and recreation survey. The surveys will remain open until April 23, 2021.

  • March 10, 2021

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    We want to hear from you! Phase 2 public engagement has begun.

    We developed drafts of both the Recreation Strategy and Parks Strategy following Phase 1 public engagement. The strategies will provide a 25-year framework to help guide recreation and parks programs, services, policies, standards and procedures, and future investment in existing and new infrastructure.

    Please visit the Document Library to view the draft Recreation Strategy and draft Parks Strategy.

    The City is now beginning Phase 2 of engagement. We are asking for your feedback to confirm the draft strategies reflect your values and priorities, and are providing an opportunity for you to identify any concerns. We are inviting Winnipeggers to provide their feedback through a parks survey, recreation survey, and at the following online workshops:


    Date:
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021
    Thursday, March 25, 2021
    Time:
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Registration:
    Register now!
    Register now!


    Please select your preferred time to register for the online workshop; the two sessions will follow the same format and contain the same formal presentation. Instructions for participation will be sent following registration.

    Those without internet access are asked to call 204-944-9907 to register.

    The recreation survey and parks survey close on April 23, 2021.

    *In-person events were originally planned; however, the City has cancelled in-person events in response to the Province of Manitoba's Pandemic Response System.

  • January 17, 2019

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
    Thank you to all who attended a Winnipeg Recreation and Parks Strategies open house or completed an online survey as part of Phase 1 of the project. Online surveys were accepted until June 30, 2018. A public engagement summary is now available and provides an overview of the feedback collected for the project.

    In Phase 1, we asked you what you value most, how you currently use recreation and parks, and how you want to use recreation and parks in the future. Phase 1 engagement included an online survey, three open houses, and stakeholder workshops.
  • April 20, 2018

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    The City is asking for your feedback on what you want from recreation and parks services and infrastructure and where your priorities lie. Much of Winnipeg’s existing recreation and parks infrastructure is at or near the end of its useful lifecycle, and we need to find out where Winnipeggers want to see future investment.

    Our public engagement goals for this project are to:

    • Understand how Winnipeggers value recreation and parks in the city;
    • Understand the recreation and parks needs of residents and user groups;
    • Gather input on recreation and parks usage, opportunities and constraints; and
    • Communicate how public input was used to help shape the Recreation & Parks Strategies.

    Phase 1 Engagement

    In Phase 1, we want to know what you value most, how you currently use recreation and parks, and how you want to use recreation and parks in the future. Phase 1 engagement will include an online survey, two open houses, and stakeholder workshops.

    Phase 2 Engagement

    In Phase 2, we will ask for your feedback on some of the draft policies and strategies we are considering as part of the Recreation & Parks Strategies development. After consideration of feedback, data, and analysis from Phase 1, members of the public will have the opportunity to provide feedback and let us know if we are headed in the right direction.