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Posted May 31, 2012

Feasibility Study

Public forum focuses on how Rockway Centre can meet the community’s needs into the future

Kitchener – As part of the Rockway Centre feasibility study and business case currently underway, a community-wide forum will be held to discuss how the centre can meet the needs of the local community moving forward.

This session is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, June 6 from 7:30-9 p.m. at Country Hills Community Centre, located at 100 Rittenhouse Rd., in Kitchener.

In 2010, city council directed staff not to close the Rockway Centre and to conduct a feasibility study and business case to look at how the facility and site can meet the current and future needs of older adults in Kitchener.

The city has hired the RETHINK GROUP to undertake the feasibility study and business case. They will be exploring the needs of the existing older adults who use the Rockway Centre, as well as younger adults who may use the centre over the next 20 years as they age.

The community-wide forum will be a large-group, interactive process that has been designed to gather ideas and opinions from a wide spectrum of the community on a number of subjects relative to the feasibility study and business case. Interested participants are asked to register by June 3 online, by phone or by email.

The evening will begin with a presentation of background information, after which participants will interact in small groups to ensure that ample information and opinion is gathered and everyone has their say.

In addition to the June 6 meeting, there will be a number of ways for the community to get involved throughout the study, including:

· Online at

· Through a questionnaire that will be posted on the above web page after the community-wide forum

· Via e-mail to

· By phone at 519-741-2602

· Or in writing to: Rockway Feasibility Study and Business Case, Attn: Mark Hildebrand, 7th Floor - City of Kitchener, 200 King St. W, PO Box 1118, Kitchener ON N2G 4G7

The project team also held workshops with stakeholders such as Rockway Centre members/users, city staff, agencies/partners, older adult leadership groups in May to get their feedback.

The study is expected to be completed later this fall.

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