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Future Directions Master Plan Update

May 06, 2009

The City of Mississauga 2009 Future Directions Master Plan Updates for Library, Recreation, Parks and Natural Areas

- Shaping a Healthy Sustainable Future -

The City of Mississauga is undertaking a review of the master plans for Recreation, Library Services and Parks and Natural Areas for a 2009 update and is seeking resident input.

"The Future Directions master plans guide the delivery, type and quality of programs, services and facilities we offer to residents," said John Lohuis, acting commissioner of Community Services. "We are committed to updating the plans every five years to ensure they reflect demographic, social and cultural changes in our City as well as new trends evolving in the recreation, library and parks fields."

The 2009 Future Directions update is being lead by:
1. Monteith Brown Planning Consultants and Associates - Recreation master plan
2. Libraries in Transition and associates - Library Services master plan
3. ENVision - The Hough Group and associates - Parks and Natural Areas master plan.

"The plans will focus on areas for sustainable planning as well as facility, program and service delivery," explained Lohuis. "When completed, the City will have clear direction for each of the three business areas - Recreation, Library Services and Parks and Natural Areas for the next five years with a 25 year outlook."

Mississauga residents are being asked to provide initial input through an online survey.

"The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete and is available on the Future Directions web page at www.mississauga.ca/futuredirections," said Derek Boyce, Project Manager. "We want to hear from all Mississauga residents to ensure we understand the needs for Mississauga’s recreation and library facilities, programs, parks and natural areas - it's your plan, your City and your future."

Draft recommendations from the consultants for each business area - Recreation, Library Services and Parks and Natural Areas will be considered by Council before a series of public information sessions which will begin in September with the final 2009 Future Directions master plans going before Council by the end of the year.

The consulting teams will be working closely with City staff, the Mississauga Public Library Board, key stakeholders and other external audiences. The teams will use and build upon existing public feedback the City has already gathered through other strategic, business and master plan processes.

Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state of the art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse, and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.

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