City of Ottawa – In Round 1 of public consultation, you told us about what is important to you and what opportunities and challenges you see for the City of Ottawa’s Parks, Outdoor and Indoor Recreation Facilities. We heard from 2,200 people in the first round. We are aiming to reach our target of 5,000 with Round 2 of online survey #3 and more online engagement sessions.
Your input is important in developing the final recommendations!
The purpose of this survey is to seek feedback on the Master Plan document released on May 11th. More specifically, this survey focuses on the key recommendations related to the need for parks and the number of specific types of facilities per thousands of residents, such as pools, arenas and tennis courts. As an example, you will see these recommendations written in the plan as 1:1,400 for playgrounds, which means residents would have an average of 1 playground for every 1,400 residents across the city.
One main requirement for this plan is to determine the need for parkland to meet population growth. There are many sections in the plan that are focused on presenting research, staff and public consultation findings, municipal benchmarking and current state analysis. This information was used to develop recommendations for parkland and the number and type of recreation facilities needed to serve residents for the next 10 years, to 2031.
To easily find sections and items within the Plan, please click on the document; on page 2 there is a table of contents that link to each section. You can also type the page number in the box in the top of the toolbar. For items of interest, if you click CTRL + F at the same time and type “tennis” (for example) you can use the arrows to go to each sentence that contains that word or phrase.
Before completing the survey, we encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions, the sections of the Master Plan that are relevant to you, your family, or your organization, as well as Appendices A and B. These sections show the background research, public consultation results and information that led to the recommendations for parkland and for each of the recreation facility types. Reviewing this material will help you complete the survey. All information presented in this post is available at Ottawa.ca.
Round 2 Seeking Feedback
- Complete the online survey (closing June 17)
What the City needs to hear from you is:
- Do you feel the recommendations are sufficient to meet population needs?
- Is there missing data or information you would like the project team to consider?
This survey will ask your level of agreement for each park and facility type per thousands of residents (example: 1 playground for every 1,400 residents). Each question will have the current number of each type by thousands of residents, and the recommended level in 2031. Here is an example of how the survey questions are structured:
“Currently, there are 145 Splash Pads, 1 per 7,300 residents. The recommendation is to set this level at 1 per 7,500 residents. This means 54 new Splash Pads will be needed by 2031. (see pages 90-95 for details)”
- If you think that this is the right number, then you would answer “Agree with the recommendation”.
- If you think that there should be more, then you would answer “there should be more than the recommendation”.
- If you think that there should be fewer, then you would answer “there should be fewer than the recommendation”.
- There is also an option to answer, “No opinion”.
You will have an opportunity in the survey to provide more detail about your answers as well as give feedback about existing parkland and facilities