Recreation master plan passed

The City of St. Albert’s long-term recreational road map was approved on Tuesday afternoon, but not without a couple of slight detours first.

City councillors voted unanimously to approve the Recreation Master Plan on Tuesday, but before they did, they had some tough questions for City staff who brought it forward.

Coun. Len Bracko asked how staff planned to keep track of what had been accomplished under the plan as it is implemented.

“One of the initiatives in the master plan is to develop an annual plan, which would talk about all the successes of the recreation master plan for the corporation and the community,” said acting director of community and protective services Monique St. Louis.

Coun. Cam MacKay also questioned the process for coming up with master plans like this one.

“At what point do residents … make it known what they want, rather than us surveying a small group and then telling them what they want,” he said, adding that discussions around plans like this are not “mature,” as they can only focus on the objective and not on the cost.

In the end, though, despite any misgivings they may have expressed, all councillors were on board with the plan and excited to see what could be done with it in place.

“The whole idea behind the recreation master plan is to strengthen the community, build the community, and this certainly does that,” Coun. Malcolm Parker said.

With the master plan approved, St. Louis and her department’s staff will now work on a five-year implementation plan, with associated business cases to come back before council during subsequent budget deliberations.

— GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader