MacDonald Island Park extends online expansion engagement


MacDonald Island Park is extending online engagement for its proposed outdoor expansion project following a successful series of community engagement sessions.

Wood Buffalo residents are able to vote and submit feedback until Thursday, May 3 at or at one of the interactive screens or kiosks located throughout the Suncor Community Leisure Centre.

“We wanted to keep up the momentum because the community engagement process has been so impactful,” said Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park. “We want to make sure the community has a chance to engage with what we believe could be a major catalyst project for the re-development of our downtown core.”

MacDonald Island Park has received well over 300 submissions since beginning this third and final series of community engagement sessions. Of the relevant responses, 86% of participants support Concept B, or full build-out, while 12% of participants support Concept A. 2% of participants selected neither Concept A or Concept B.

“The feedback we’ve received both in-person and online suggest we’re very much on the right track,” said Nick Sanders, Chair of the MacDonald Island Park Board of Directors. “We believe this is a world-class initiative that reflects community collaboration. We’re hearing very clearly that the project should meet the needs of tomorrow – let’s not build too small while we have the opportunity.”

Following community engagement, a recommendation will be made to the MacDonald Island Park Board of Directors based on community feedback. From there, the Board of Directors will approve a final design and initiate a final price review in consultation with Architecture: ATB and 360 Architecture, Clark Builders, and Turner Construction Company.

Following this process, MacDonald Island Park will present to Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council in June.

MacDonald Island Park will release the final results of community engagement on Friday, May 4.

To vote, provide feedback, and/or to view images and renderings and the community engagement presentation, visit

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