Shaping Our Recreation & Leisure Services

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The Recreation, Parks & Leisure Master Plan was developed to evaluate the needs and opportunities for recreation programs and events, facilities, trails, lakes and parks in South Frontenac over the next 10 years. The report provides needs assessments, recommendations and an implementation plan that will guide the Township’s recreation provision over the term of the Plan.

We called on the community to work together to create a strong plan for South Frontenac that will allow the community to enjoy parks, lakes, recreation programs and facilities for years to come. After over 18 months of public consultation, research, development, and revisions, South Frontenac’s Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Master Plan was adopted by Council in 2022.

South Frontenac's Recreation, Parks & Leisure Master Plan

 Project Background
In October 2020, the Township of South Frontenac retained thinc design to assist in the development of a multi-year Recreation, Parks and Leisure Master Plan. The purpose of the plan is to provide the Township with long-term direction for the provision of recreation and parks services to community residents and visitors.

The Master Plan will support Staff and the Recreation Committees in providing informed directions and recommendations to Council that are:

  • Tailored to the needs of South Frontenac
  • Community driven
  • Evidence based
  • Align with best practice of the industry
 Project Timeline
 Phase One: Project Initiation & Background Research - November & December 2020
  • Background material reviews
  • Socio-demographic profile
  • Recreation and leisure inventories
  • Overview of recreation trends and best practices 
Phase Two: Community Engagement - Spring & Summer 2021
  • Council and staff interviews
  • Stakeholder interviews
  • User group interviews
  • Public open house via Bang The Table
  • Random household telephone survey
Phase Three: Needs Assessments & Draft Report - Summer 2021
  • Programs, activities, and events needs assessment 
  • Recreation facilities needs assessment 
  • Parkland needs assessment 
  • Draft master plan reviewed by Council, staff and the public
Phase Four: Final Recreation, Parks & Leisure Master Plan - Spring/ Summer 2022
  • Recreation, Parks & Leisure Master Plan approved and adopted by Council
 Master Plan Implementation

The proposed roll-out of the Master Plan recommendations is based on the information available at the time of Plan development (2020 - 2022) and considers the following:

  • Operational vs. capital projects
  • Immediate need
  • Dependencies and efficiencies
  • Budget considerations
  • Staff resources
  • Flexibility
Recommendation overview 

Check out section 7.0 in the Master Plan for a complete review of the recommendations and proposed timeframe. The Master Plan outlined 125 recommendations including:

  • Programs & Events (11)
  • Facilities (48)
  • Parks, Trails and Boat Launches (66)
A living document

The Master Plan is a long-term guiding document helping to steer services over the next ten years. In monitoring and evaluating the Master Plan, changes that result from work completed should be reflected in systematic reviews that track the initiation, progress and completion of beach item as they are implemented in annual work plans and budgets.

For more information, connect with recreation staff at or by calling 613-376-3027.


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