We Want To Hear From You!
In March 2022, Town Council approved the concept plan for developing Iitopatopa Park, located at 370068 40 Street East, into a leisure recreation space, approving a budget of $1.5 million for this project which will be phased over the next three years, 2022-2024.
Residents have the opportunity to help guide development of Iitopatopa Park by taking the public engagement survey. The Town is asking for input as to what amenities are priority for installation over the phasing period, as well the theme/style of the play space. The survey will remain open until August 12, 2022.
“This project will help meet long-term community needs by providing increased opportunities for access to unprogrammed leisure recreation including day use/picnicking areas, play space, disc golf, river access, and winter use activities such as a skating path and snow shoe trails,” says Christa Michailuck, Parks Manager. “It will also increase access to one of the most valued features in our community, the river valley.”
The proposed concept plan, which includes developing day use space and associated leisure recreation amenities for this area, was informed by the Town’s 2017 Recreation, Parks and Leisure Master Plan (RPLMP), the Social Wellness Framework and by Council’s Community Life Purpose Statement.
In alignment with the Town’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, a Traditional Knowledge and Land Use assessment was completed and consultation with our Indigenous partners was undertaken. The concept plan incorporates feedback received from this process and Council endorsed an Indigenous site name of “Iitopatopa” Park (phonetic – e’toba‘toba), meaning “A place where we return to often.”
The Town’s natural asset inventory also guided the concept planning and uses for the site, which focusses on balancing conservation and respect for the area’s natural assets with complementary and respectful day use features and amenities.
To learn more about the project and take the survey, visit https://www.okotoks.ca/your-community/living-okotoks/have-your-say/iitopatopa-park-survey