Ann Wood, the Land Administer for the City of Airdrie, presented Airdrie City Council with the process to plan the North East, Regional Park. Currently, Airdrie is working on developing amenities in both the North East Regional Park and the South West Recreation Centre. The city wants to ensure that all community needs are met for both the North East Regional Park and South West Recreation Center without duplicating any amenities.
Wood says, if one amenity is put into the South West Recreation Center, Airdrie wants to avoid adding it to the North East Regional Park, even if there is a demand for it at the location.
“Perhaps highly requested amenities can be developed at an existing park rather than waiting for a new one to be built.”
In order for Airdrie to start developing the North East Regional Park, Airdrie City Council will need to confirm which amenities will go into the South West Recreation Center. Airdrie City Council will determine where these major site elements will be based on the data received from the Recreation Needs Assessment. The Recreation Needs Assessment Survey asked Airdronians what amenities they desired at both recreation parks and centers. From this point on, Airdrie is not asking for any more engagement from the public about the planning process of the North East Regional Park.
Wood says the Recreation Needs Assessment makes it so they can follow the feedback and community services work around other outdoor amenities at the South West Recreation Center.
“They want to harmonize the work around the park using the feedback from the community.”
The foundation of the work that park developers will build on for the North East Regional Park will be based on the feedback they get from the outdoor amenities at the South West Recreation Center. Collectively, the city wants to complete its current community needs before planning future community needs. The analysis of outdoor amenities has begun for the North East Regional Park but the development of these amenities can’t start until they are determined by Airdrie City Council
The planning process for the North East Regional Park has a sequence of eight tasks including one optional task that needs to be confirmed and completed between the first quarter of 2022 and the second quarter of 2023. After presenting the planning process to the Community Services Advisory Board and City Council. Wood said they are on the right track and doing well. Airdrie City Councillor, Ron Chapman, says the North East Regional Park is fantastic for the City of Airdrie.
“I can’t wait to get this rolling and to get the planning for this park, I think it’s a fantastic addition to the city of Airdrie,” says Chapman.
Once the North East Regional Park is fully developed, with support from the community, the land from P-2 will be rezoned to support more park development. This can include adding pathways through trees and picnic tables.
In order to avoid any legal complications later on in development, the city will need to remind anyone who leases the land that it is now a part of the North East Regional Park. If Airdrie is planning to have the North East Regional Park fully built and developed by the second quarter of 2023, they will need to let any farmers and homeowners in the area know they will not own that land this time next year.
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