The City of Niagara Falls has prepared a Recreation, Culture & Parks Plan. The Plan will help guide the City in providing a broad range of active and healthy choices that engage residents, while positioning Niagara Falls to be environmentally sustainable, culturally vibrant and economically strong.

The Recreation, Culture & Parks Plan will guide the following services provided by the City of Niagara Falls for the next 10 years:

  • Indoor and outdoor recreation facilities
  • Arts and cultural facilities
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Programs and services offered throughout the municipal recreation, culture and parks system

The Plan advances eight goals that are intended to address the recreation, culture and parks needs of Niagara Falls residents:

  • Bring the community together through recreation culture and parks
  • Reflect authentic cultural experiences and local history
  • Build and revitalize facilities to reinvigorate established neighbourhoods
  • Connect people & places to the outdoors
  • Embrace natural beauty & sustainability within our public open spaces
  • Contribute to complete & vibrant communities
  • Improve access to facilities & services across Niagara Falls
  • Set the Recreation, Culture & Parks system up for success

Draft Recreation, Culture and Parks Plan

Thank you to everyone who had their say on the draft Recreation, Culture and Parks Plan. Consultation is now closed. Comments from this Public Information Centre helped inform the final Plan.

Public engagement

The RCP Plan is a plan shaped by the community, for the community.

Considerable efforts were made throughout the entire planning process to engage all Niagara Falls residents. In addition to the general public, the consultation process sought input from many stakeholders and population groups including community-based providers for recreation, culture and sport, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour) and LGTBQ2+ communities, residents from a range of income groups, persons with disabilities, and more.

A multi-faceted consultation approach maximized opportunities for the public input through use of in-person, online and email/telephone initiatives despite the unprecedented challenges brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is what we heard from the community and stakeholder

  • Niagara Falls’ recreation, culture and parks should be inclusive of all residents, regardless of ability, gender, orientation, cultural background and income.
  • There is strong interest for unstructured, passive activities.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic is influencing the way people participate in recreation, culture and parks.
  • Trails are highly valued amenities and were requested as top priorities for investment.
  • Planning and reinvestment to address aging infrastructure or expand important community facilities.
  • Emerging facilities and programs included pickleball courts, gymnasium space, mountain and BMX biking, indoor and outdoor fitness, arts and cultural space, and special events.
  • Support for the City’s community development model and continued emphasis on supporting, collaborating and empowering stakeholder groups.
  • A request for a diverse marketing strategy to promote recreation, culture and parks opportunities in Niagara Falls.