Interactive map developed for residents’ input on recreation

Planners hired to develop a recreation master plan for Ponoka developed an interactive online map for residents to write their thoughts.

Evan Goldstrom with McElhanney Consulting shows what a new survey of the Town of Ponoka looks like. The interactive map allows residents to comment on area they enjoy and areas they would like to see improvement. He presented the map to residents Wednesday

Evan Goldstrom with McElhanney Consulting shows what a new survey of the Town of Ponoka looks like. The interactive map allows residents to comment on area they enjoy and areas they would like to see improvement. He presented the map to residents Wednesday

Planners hired to develop a recreation master plan for the Town of Ponoka developed an interactive online map for residents to write their thoughts.

Evan Goldstrom, engineer with McElhanney Consulting spent time Wednesday, Sept. 2 during registration night at the Kinsmen Community Centre showing attendees how the map worked. He said this map adds to the downtown revitalization assessment but also lets people speak to areas they like or dislike.

“What we’re looking for is use: what people are looking for as far as facilities and programming goes,” said Goldstrom.

He added the future needs and what is lacking within the community are other aspects he and McElhanney hope to garner with the survey. “We’re trying to plan for 10 years ahead.”

“For example if people want to do aqua-aerobics, is the pool sufficient?” suggested Goldstrom.

He expects a second community session in the next few months will provide residents with a better idea of what people are looking for. To access the map and provide comments visit this website: http://ponoka-rec-culture.com/ and to access a short eight question survey visit this website: http://survey.ponoka-rec-culture.com/.