The Recreation and Leisure Master Plan provides guiding direction for Whistler’s municipal parks, trails, lakes and rivers, and recreation programs and facilities.
In October 2015, Whistler council endorsed the final RLMP.
The plan includes the first-ever complete inventory of Whistler’s recreational and leisure assets and provides much needed information and insight into how these assets are managed and co-managed on behalf of residents and visitors.
The updated RLMP replaces the outdated and largely implemented 1996 Parks Vision Master Plan, while addressing gaps and responding to changes in the areas of development, economic, sport, recreation and environmental protection in Whistler.
The plan is not necessarily a commitment for future investment but rather provides direction to help inform decisions that are made by senior staff and municipal council as part of annual work plan preparations and the budget process.
The plan includes over 70 recommendations with over 300 supporting actions in 20 categories.
It addresses parks, sports fields, dogs in parks, skateboarding, tennis, disc golf, commercial services, the Valley Trail, off-road recreational trails, winter Nordic and snow shoe trails, fishing, recreation facilities and programs, road cycling, BMX, rock climbing, and arts, culture and heritage.
Examples of recommended actions include:
- Consider the natural environment and Whistler brand when planning new assets
- Develop a long-term parkland acquisition strategy
- Address existing capacity and crowding issues; assess use levels, needs and functionality of our major parks when prioritizing replacement of ageing infrastructure
- Explore ways to increase youth centred programs and facilities
A full list of actions can be found in the report.
- Extensive community consultation and community-led discussions with over 40 stakeholder groups, partners, government agencies, and industry consultants
- Online surveys
- Intercept surveys
- Open house attended by over 90 community members