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City completes final draft of new Parks Master Plan

North Bay, ON – Oct. 5, 2021 – The City of North Bay is a step closer to establishing a new overall plan for outdoor park spaces across the city.

After many months of development and stakeholder input, a draft Parks Master Plan has been completed and is on tonight’s Council agenda in order to be referred to Committee for further discussion.

“This new master plan comes at a time when we’ve been reminded just how much of an important contributor our parks, trails and open spaces are to the quality of life in North Bay,” said Coun, Johanne Brousseau, Chair of Council’s Community Services Committee. “Accessible and welcoming park spaces support the physical, social, ecological and economic health and well-being of our residents and the community. I look forward to the adoption and implementation of the new plan.”

The plan is aimed at providing a 20-year roadmap to help guide the City in delivering an equitable network of park spaces to residents within the context of the existing outdoor recreation sites, evolving recreational needs, evolving demographics and new park spaces.

A key finding of the plan is that North Bay presently maintains a high-quality parks inventory. As such, the plan does not propose to significantly overhaul this inventory, but instead, proposes to adjust and develop amenities as required in order create a park network that meets the needs of residents within developed areas of the City.

The plan reviews each park space within the community and provides recommendations. In some cases, the plan recommends spaces remain as is. In other cases, recommendations include the addition of more formal play equipment and recreational space.

Over the lifetime of the plan, and based on available capital and operational budgets, as well as Council priorities, select projects include:

  • A new play structure at Police Playground
  • A new play structure, seating and shade at Millford Crescent Park
  • New pickleball courts at Bourke Park
  • A new dog park at Thomson Park
  • Seating and shade structures at Belleview Park
  • Full court basketball/ball hockey surface at Circle Lake Park

Read the draft Parks Master Plan here:

City completes final draft of new Parks Master Plan
Gord Young
Communications Officer (705) 474-0626 x.2505