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Alnwick/Haldimand asking for input on parks and recreation

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today



ALNWICK/HALDIMAND -- Residents in Alnwick/Haldimand have until the end of this month to fill in a survey about parks and recreation services in the township.

There will be a public meeting before that, on Nov. 22 at the Centreton Community Centre from 7 to 9 p.m., when consultants Sienna Planning will talk about the process and contents of the tri-part project, says Councillor Sherry Gibson.

In developing a community master plan for parks and recreation guiding investments for the next 20 years, there are three projects identified in the overview of the survey:

  • An assessment of the township's community centres and libraries to determine the level of investment required in these buildings over the long term;
  • An arena feasibility study to evaluate the sustainability of the existing arena against the options to renovate or replace (the arena in Grafton) over time; and
  • A playing fields, parks, boat launch and trails feasibility study to determine opportunities to enhance the township's open space network.

The questions of the survey range from the types of activities used by the survey taker and his or her family, whether any are members of teams, and what indoor municipal recreational facilities they use, plus any suggested improvements they might offer.

It also asks about the need for new outdoor activities, how satisfied people are with the existing ones and how often they make use of "parks, recreation or library facilities" outside of Alnwick/Haldimand.

The survey also asks people to identify the area in which they live, age and income range.

"Your responses are considered confidential"¦no individual respondents will be identified publicly through the results," the survey promises, and it should only take 10 to 15 minute to complete.

The survey can be found by going to the municipal web site www.alnwick/