You can help shape the future of community services in Huntsville.
The Town of Huntsville is creating a Community Services Master Plan and staff want your feedback.
Whether you have suggestions about programs that are currently running or want to contribute ideas for how to make Huntsville a more enjoyable place to live, they want to hear from you.
“It’s important for the community to have input in order to meet the needs of Huntsville,” says Simone Babineau, Huntsville’s director of community services. “The timing of this is actually perfect as we are recovering from a pandemic and we will come out of COVID ready to recover, rebuild, re-invent, and build resilience.”
Huntsville’s community services division provides a wide range of affordable programs and services that enhance quality of life for residents, newcomers, and visitors. These programs and services include arts, culture, and heritage and associated facilities like the Algonquin Theatre and Muskoka Heritage Place; sport, recreation, and aquatics and the spaces where they take place; community hall rentals and special community events; and parks and outdoor spaces.
“The goal of the master plan is to help shape Huntsville’s future community services and what we offer for our residents and visitors,” says Babineau. “When staff bring issues forward it doesn’t carry the same weight as when it comes directly from community members so the plan will help us create long term strategies.”
Master plans are tangible and act as visible statements of where community services are now, where they should be in the future, and what is required to get there. The process will develop a clear and solid set of recommendations as well as an implementation strategy for both the short-term and long-term.
“These services are essential for the mental and physical well-being of our community,” says Babineau. “Because of how difficult the last year has been with restrictions put on so many of our programs and services, we are really pushing to make sure they are able to be carried out safely while following the rules. Huntsville wouldn’t be Huntsville if it weren’t for services like these.”
In addition to interviews being conducted with program facilitators, key partners, and town staff members, the majority of the data for the Community Services Master Plan will come from an online survey that the town is encouraging everyone to complete. The consultant, an impartial third party who has prepared more than 300 similar master plans, will return a draft plan in early fall. It will be presented to council before the end of 2021.
Babineau says so far the response to the survey has been amazing and they are looking forward to more submissions.
The survey is available at myhuntsville.ca until June 20.
If you have any other questions or input please email email@example.com.
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