Community engagement underway for Northside Community Recreation Centre

(Fort McMurray, September 26, 2013) – The Regional Recreation Corporation (RRC) in collaboration with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) kicked off the second phase of community engagement on Thursday night for a proposed Northside Community Recreation Centre at Abrams Land.

The first of four in-person sessions was held at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre and will be followed by three additional community engagement sessions on the following dates, times and locations:

  • Friday, September 27, 5:00-7:00 pm (École McTavish Junior High Public School)
  • Saturday, September 28, 1:00-3:00 pm (Miskanaw South Ballroom, Suncor Community Leisure Centre)
  • Tuesday, October 1, 10:00 am-Noon (Miskanaw South Ballroom, Suncor Community Leisure Centre)

Community members can also visit buildingwithyou.ca to view the in-person presentation and provide feedback that will drive design and amenity considerations for the proposed facility. Online feedback for this second engagement period will be accepted at buildingwithyou.ca through October 11.

“We’re excited to return to the community for its input on a proposed Northside Community Recreation Centre in Thickwood-Timberlea,” said Mike Cachia, Chair of the RRC Board of Directors. “Following initial community engagement last February that saw 3,300 responses to the feedback survey facilitated by RC Strategies, both in-person and online, we need to see if this first step at pre-design options has us on the right track. Most importantly, we want to make sure we get it right and that our approach continues to be rooted in community collaboration and transparency.”

Community members and RRC and RMWB representatives were joined on Thursday by Nick Parkinson, President and CEO of the YMCA of Wood Buffalo and Brian McIntosh, President and CEO of Landmark Cinemas as well as representatives from Architecture: ATB and Clark Builders, the architectural firm and potential construction management firm, respectively, for the proposed facility.

“Community members will be decision makers on whether this proposed facility goes forward and what will be included in it,” said Tim Reid, Chief Executive Officer of the RRC. “What we heard tonight from the YMCA of Wood Buffalo was a message of potential partnership should the community desire it and that Landmark Cinemas could be a tenant of a proposed facility should the community express that it is a direction it wishes to take.”

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