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Designing future plans for Parks, Trails and Greenspaces

The 2020 – 2030 Open Space Master Plan is underway, and we are looking to you to help us plan what our parks, trails and open spaces will look like. Every resident has a voice in this conversation and together we can plan spaces that will increase the quality of life in High River.

“This is a great opportunity to get involved and we want to hear from everyone,” said Mayor Craig Snodgrass. “A few weeks ago, we engaged our Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) on the topic of the future of our parks, and I am extremely pleased by their level of enthusiasm and awareness of the importance of this opportunity. I hope that everyone who loves our parks will see the importance of filling in the survey and attending the workshop that kicks off the start of developing a plan for our parks for the next ten years.”

Check out the information below!

  • Find out what we heard at a public information session on February 13
  • View the consultant’s report based on feedback so far
  • Learn what we heard from the High River’s Youth Advisory Committee

Come find out what we heard! Your feedback is helping to form recommendations for the 2020-2030 Plan Update!

  • Date: February 13, 2020
  • Location: High River Culture Centre
  • Time: Begins at 4 pm

Presentation on the feedback so far by the consultant and High River Town staff. Refreshments will be served!

You can view the report before you come – check out the link below!

View the Consultant’s Report to Council Committee of the Whole:

What We Heard – Consultant’s Report to Committee of the Whole January 27 (Full Report PDF)

View Each Theme, from the full report (links open PDF documents)

“High River has 700 acres of parks and green spaces that are busy year ‘round offering everything from walking and cycling to kayaking, wildlife viewing and events,” adds Mayor Snodgrass. “By looking after our parks, trails and greenspaces, we are putting people first, as our parks play a key role in the quality of life for residents of all ages”

In November, 2019 the High River’s Youth Advisory Committee attended a workshop to provide their ideas and priorities for our parks, trails and open spaces. The one hour session was attended by 16 youth aged 14 to 17. Results and highlights included:

  • Postcards from the future: participants sketched their ‘favourite space in 2030’ on a postcard, describing their ideas on the reverse. Ideas included:
    • outdoor stages for concerts and festivals, benches with views, natural swimming areas or swimming ponds
    • swing ropes across the river, climbing wall, playgrounds or play areas, bridges, docks and boating or floating on the river
    • dense forest, room for wildlife, flower beds, berry bushes and nature paths, maps along the trails or paths
    • picnic tables, campfire spots, wider paths, more trails, food shack, skating rink and fire pit
  • Audit of how participants felt about existing parks showed a variety of responses including:
    • didn’t know about it, indifferent, looks boring, I don’t / won’t go there, frustration about activities, doesn’t look cared for, sad about wasted space
    • happy, relaxed, tranquil, peaceful, beautiful. calm, excited, looks pretty, lots of nature, my favourite spot, great memories
    • anxious, concerned about safety, looks dark, confusing layout or confused about purpose, activities
  • Participants ranked a list of business opportunities that could occur in parks according to where they would spend their money in 2030:
    •  Top five included Café in the Park, Outdoor Pool, Winter Rentals, Food Trucks and Outdoor Stage
  • Participants ranked a list of nature-based recreation opportunities that they would support in 2030:
    • Top five included Hiking, Urban orchard, Berry picking, Tubing or rafting, Kayaking
    • The others included Nature photography, bike trails and geocaching

 

For updates on this initiative, follow the Town Facebook feed at: https://www.latest.facebook.com/highriver.ca/

For more information:

Kim Unger, Parks Planner
Town of High River
403-603-3533

kunger@highriver.ca

Kirsten Maher, Manager of Parks
Town of High River
403-603-3504
kmaher@highriver.ca