A River Valley Parks Master Plan has been adopted by City Council, providing a long-term strategy for protecting and sustainably managing natural areas in the Oldman River valley while developing nature-based recreational opportunities.
The new master plan provides a framework for the future of parks in the river valley that balances the conservation of natural spaces with the desire of residents to enjoy leisure activities in these areas. Developed over the past three years, the plan included extensive engagement with Lethbridge residents as well as a Traditional Knowledge and Use Assessment (TKUA) in partnership with the Kainai, Piikani and Siksika Nations of the Blackfoot Confederacy. The TKUA was conducted to identify, understand and protect traditional sites that are significant to Blackfoot peoples.
"We're proud of the extensive parks system in Lethbridge, and we recognize that the river valley is a special place within that system. This master plan will help ensure the river valley remains a beautiful natural area while providing appropriate, sustainable opportunities for people to enjoy it," says Mayor Chris Spearman.
Three phases of community engagement were held between November 2014 and March 2016 to inform and shape the master plan, followed by a fourth phase in October 2016 to present the draft plan to the public for comments.
The River Valley Parks Master Plan is available online at: www.lethbridge.ca/rvpmp.
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant
City of Lethbridge