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Prospect Road Community Complex – One Step Closer
(November 30, 2005) - Planning has begun for a community and recreation facility that will service communities along the Prospect Road from Goodwood to West Dover.
HRM’s 2002 Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan recommends a thorough review of the needs and requirements of a community facility for the Prospect Area. “In developing this plan, the Prospect Road community made a strong case that a complex was needed to fill a recreational-need gap along Route 333,” said Reg Rankin, Councillor for Timberlea-Prospect. ”By working with the community, we hope to fill that gap over the next three-five years.”
A steering committee comprised of community residents and HRM representatives has been struck to oversee the development and implementation process. The first step in the process is to conduct a needs assessment to determine just exactly what type of facility will best meet the overall needs of the community.
"The Steering Committee has determined the parameters to begin its work. The critical step is to hear from as many community residents as possible before moving too far forward in the planning process, ' said Don Horne, Co-Chair, Prospect Road Community Complex Steering Committee. "This community input is essential to the facility's overall development process.”
In response to a request for proposals, DMA Planning and Management Services has been awarded the contract to conduct the needs assessment. Community consultation will take place in early 2006 and the assessment report is expected to be received by the steering committee in March 2006.
“The process will take some time, but it will be worth the wait,” said Horne. “The Steering Committee is focused on having the doors of the new facility open as soon as it is practically possible.”
Five phases have been identified for the planning and implementation process. They include: Phase I - Needs Assessment; Phase II – Site Selection, Phase III – Planning; Phase IV – Construction; and Phase V – Official Opening. It is expected that Phase I, the Needs Assessment, will be completed by March 2006.
The Prospect Road Community Complex Steering Committee is a volunteer committee comprised of Prospect Road area representatives and HRM staff. Its mission is “Working together to build a facility that meets the overall recreational needs of the communities from Goodwood to West Dover”.
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Julia Watt, Chair
Prospect Road Community Complex Communications Committee
Prospect Road Community Complex
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