Last chance to fill out facilities survey

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August 11, 2015 8:15 AM

Lloydminster residents have until Aug. 15 to fill out the city’s Facility Master Plan (FMP) Survey.

On Aug. 11, facilities general manager Peter McHugh and cultural and social services general manager Patrick Lancaster are hosting a FMP Survey drop-in information session from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Bud Miller All Seasons Park. It will take place on the north patio of the Park Centre, but will be moved inside the building in the case of inclement weather.

See “Facilities,” Page 13

The survey asks residents questions including how long they’ve lived in the city, which recreational facilities and programs they frequent, do they look elsewhere for these services, are they satisfied with the amenities the city offers, which facilities should be built and what is the best way to pay for them.

The input will go towards the development of the FMP, a document which will identify the city’s needs in terms or recreation, educational and public safety facilities and lay out an outline to plan as far as 25 years into the future. Because of the scope of the plan, McHugh says its important that residents make their voices heard.

“We’ve so far had 651 households complete the household survey, which is fantastic. The reason that we’re so keen to push it is that, as much as we’re really pleased with that, the more households we get, the better the information,” McHugh said.

“We have user group surveys which were sent directly to the user groups. There were about 45 user groups in total and we’ve had 36 completed user group surveys as well, which is fantastic ... it shows our user groups are buying into it and joining in. “

McHugh and Lancaster are holding the drop-in event in order to get out their message that only a week remains before the questionnaire closes. They will be available to answer questions about the survey and to help residents complete the survey online.

In October, consultant group WSP Canada will review all of the information collected through surveys, as well as programming data and populations statistics, and present their findings to the city.

“The consultants call it the ‘feedback loop,’ ” McHugh said. “We gather the information ... then go back to the public and say, ‘This is what we find you’re saying, do you agree?’ And then once they get that second level of feedback they’ll then take that and that will feed into the needs assessment and then the final master plan.”

The Facilities Master Plan is expected to be completed by June 2016.

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