Cornwall’s 10 year recreation plan approved

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Cornwall has adopted its 10-year blueprint for recreation in the city.

City council approved in principle the update to it Recreation Master Plan at Monday night’s meeting after an hour-long presentation and Q&A session.

The plan makes 71 recommendations, including adding a gymnasium to the Benson Center, creating a dedicated pickle ball complex, replacing the existing skateboard park at Optimist Park and building a dog park.

The lone dissenter was Coun. Dean Hollingsworth, saying he was “not completely enamored with the plan,” since it suggests the football field at Joe St. Denis Park should be removed and replaced with lighted artificial turf at the Benson Center.

Hollingsworth asked about the cost of a gym at the Benson, which Recreation Division Manager Jamie Fawthrop guessed would cost $3-5 million.

Some councillors were also concerned that basketball didn’t get enough attention in the final report.

The plan is not set in stone and is generally used as a guide for budgets.