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The City of Swift Current is officially beginning work on a Recreation, Parks and Culture Master Plan.

During an open house and consultation Wednesday night the City unveiled their intent to create a decade-long plan to guide services and investments.

Nicole Spenst, recreation/scheduling superintendent for the City of Swift Current, said the idea of creating the plan had been around for 15-20 years.

"It is something that we thought was now time to implement and get in place," she said. "Just to ensure our division is focusing and has the same idea of what we want to see in parks, culture and recreation as a community."

The plan will allow lots of opportunities for public input including the open house that was already held, an online survey on the City's website open until April 11, and a final chance for input in the fall once the plan is in place.

"Data from the survey is going to be gathered and put together," she explained. "That plan will be used to guide how community services move forward and what programs, services, and facilities they look at investing in and providing."

Included in the plan is a possibility to bring an integrated facility to the community that would house an aquatics centre, field house, art gallery, and public library.

"We currently do have an integrated facility plan in place that we have worked with the community on over the last few years," Spenst said. "That design was put in place, so if provincial and federal funding or partnership opportunities became available, we would be ready to dig the ground and move forward with that."

The site that has been laid out for the facility is in the northeast part of town among the hospital and two schools.

One thing the plan won't include much of is the capital projects being built for 2019 Western Canada Summer Games, like volleyball courts and a bmx park.

"The Master Plan isn't really focusing on the games," she stated. "They're focusing on as a whole and what we need in our everyday life to ensure we have access and quality for culture, recreation, programs, facilities and parks."

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