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Fraser rec district revising master plan

Hank Shell
hshell@skyhidailynews.com

If you live in the Fraser Valley, chances are you've received a survey from the Fraser Valley Recreation District in your post office box recently.

As tempting as it is to toss it in the blue bin, especially when your box is already overflowing with consumerist propaganda for that most heralded of holidays, resist the urge.

The survey is part of the district's community needs assessment and an integral part of the district's revision process for its organizational master plan.

The survey will provide the district with statistically valid information about resident satisfaction with the district, and will provide insight as to what programs and services residents would like to see in the future, said Scott Ledin, the district's director of parks, recreation and golf.

The district is also seeking input from guests who recreate in the Fraser Valley, Ledin said.

The data-gathering window is extending into December in order to glean information from winter visitors.

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The district conducted its last community needs assessment in 1999, Ledin said.

The district adopted its master plan in 2001. Since then, it's grown to include the new Grand Park Community Recreation Center, the Icebox Ice Rink at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex, and new irrigation and a new clubhouse at Pole Creek Golf Club.

The new master plan will also address the continued management of these new assets, Ledin said.

Ledin estimated the recreation center alone sees around 130,000 visits per year, so a well-developed plan is needed to ensure that the district can manage its assets and continue to provide recreational opportunities for residents and visitors well into the future.

District residents who want to take the survey but who do not have one may pick up a survey at the rec center or visit fraserrecsurvey.org.

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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