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La Broquerie commissions recreation plan

By: Jordan Ross

Posted: 06/4/2019 9:00 AM

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La Broquerie council has authorized the creation of the municipality’s first recreation master plan to guide leisure projects and programming over the next 20 years.

Winnipeg-based consulting firm Scatliff Miller Murray was awarded the project on May 22.

The $51,750 cost of compiling the plan will be borne by the municipality’s recreation reserve, which was bolstered by a levy implemented last year. Dave Little, the RM’s leisure services coordinator, said up to half of that cost may be offset by a provincial grant.

The municipality expects the report by March 2020, so as to begin incorporating recommendations into its 2021 budget, Little said. Public consultations are also expected later this fall or winter.

According to a request for proposals issued in March, the completed master plan will take stock of the municipality’s existing recreation options, and examine user fees, funding structures, and staffing.

The report will also identify service gaps, prioritize current recreation needs, and make recommendations for future projects.

The municipality asked for suggestions on how to expand recreation options in the LUD out into rural areas, including Marchand and Zhoda. The latter community lacks recreation services of any kind, the call for proposals noted.

Little said consultants will also look for synergies with the existing trails master plan, which proposed an ambitious network of active transportation pathways to be developed in phases.

The recreation master plan follows the formation of a leisure services department in late 2016. Little said it quickly became apparent the young, growing municipality needed plan to guide its approach to recreation.

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