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City Council votes to adopt Recreation and Culture Master Plan

Lethbridge City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt the Recreation and Culture Master Plan and to direct Administration to implement the outlined directions.

The previous Recreation and Culture plan was presented in 2013 and a review and update was required. Throughout 2020, Recreation and Culture, along with consultants RC Strategies, worked with community groups, community partners, internal and external stakeholders and the community as a whole to engage them during this process.

Input into the plan included recommendations from the KPMG report and resulted in significant efficiencies being realized.

"This Master Plan will provide direction and guidance towards how we deliver Recreation and Culture services to the community," says Robin Harper, General Manager, Recreation and Culture. "The implementation of the Master Plan will ensure services are aligned with City priorities and it has a desired outcome of providing people with opportunities to be healthy, creative and connected to each other and to nature through meaningful public recreation and culture services."

The Master Plan also discusses potential impacts that Recreation and Culture programs and services can have on climate change and the environment, as well as the possible impacts climate change may have on the future of programs and services. Recreation and Culture will continue to work with internal and external stakeholders in an effort to reduce Green House Gas Emissions (GHGs) and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

The document will be updated to include an amendment by Councillor Jeffrey Coffman to include the City's full Reconciliation Statement. The full 108-page plan will be posted to the City's website soon.