Robert S. Lockhart, Hons B.A. (Urban Geography); M.E.S. (Masters of Environmental Studies - Urban Recreation Planning)

Mr. Lockhart is a partner with RETHINK Inc., the Ontario arm of Canada's RETHINK GROUP.  He is widely recognized as a skilled planner and for his successful direction of close to 150 projects in the field of parks, recreation and leisure services over the past forty plus years.  He also has a rich base of experience in strategic planning and visioning; community and stakeholder consultation; small group facilitation; market research; trend analysis; operational reviews; social policy; tourism; and arts, trails and waterfront projects.  Robert has been the lead consultant for all of the leisure services planning and management projects, as well as most of the visioning and strategic planning assignments completed through our Ontario office.

Career Overview

Robert has been with the RETHINK GROUP since its inception in 1979. From 1975-1979, he was a Senior Recreation and Tourism consultant with Balmer, Crapo & Associates Inc., a firm specializing in leisure and tourism planning.  From 1983-1988, Robert was Executive Director (part time) of the Peterborough Social Planning Council.

Education

Masters of Environmental Studies (M.E.S.) - Urban Recreation Planning - York University, Toronto, Ontario, 1975
B.A. (Hons) Urban Geography, York University, Toronto, Ontario, 1973

Project Experience

Community Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plans and Strategic Plans

  • City of Ottawa, Recreation Facilities Study and Plan (with dmA Planning & Management Services)
  • City of London, Comprehensive Recreation Plan
  • City of Windsor, Culture and Recreation Master Plan
  • City of Oshawa, Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategy
  • City of Scarborough, Recreation and Parks Master Plan
  • City of Vaughan, Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • City Kitchener, Master Plan for Parks and Recreation Facilities
  • City of Peterborough, Vision 2025, A 10-Year Strategic Plan for Recreation, Parks, Arenas and Culture
  • City of Peterborough, Vision 2010, A Strategic Plan for Recreation, Parks and Culture
  • City of Peterborough, Master Plan for Parks, Open Space and Recreation Facilities, 1978
  • City of Sudbury, Master Plan for Parks and Recreation Facilities
  • City of Guelph Strategic Plan for Recreation, Parks and Culture
  • City of Guelph, Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan
  • City of Welland Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategic Plan
  • City of Cornwall, Comprehensive Recreation/Arts Plan
  • City of Gloucester, Parks and Recreation Master Plans for Three Growth Areas
  • City of Kanata, Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • City of Orillia, Culture and Recreation Master Plan
  • Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Leisure Facilities Strategy, 2008
  • Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Update of the 2008 Leisure Facilities Strategy (2013)
  • Town of Markham Recreation, Culture and Library Facilities Plan
  • Town of Halton Hills, Master Plan for Parks, Open Space and Recreation Facilities
  • Town of Ajax, Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • Town of Aurora, Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Services Master Plan
  • Town of LaSalle, Culture and Recreation Master Plan
  • Township of Springwater, Parks & Recreation Master Plan Update
  • Township of Michipicoten, Culture and Recreation Master Plan
  • Township of Hamilton, Parks and Recreation Facilities Review
  • Township of King, Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • Township of Oro-Medonte, Leisure Facilities Strategy
  • Township of Delhi, Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • Village of Lakefield, Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • Salt Spring Island, BC, Recreation Services Plan (with Yates, Thorn & Assoc.)

Facility Feasibility Studies and Business Plans

  • City of Kitchener, Rockway Gardens Older Adult Community Centre Feasibility Study and Business Case
  • Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres organization, John Street Branch Revitalization Study
  • City of Oshawa, Peer Review - Market Research and Business Operating Plan - Civic Complex Field House and Outdoor Artificial Turf Field
  • City of Burlington, North East Burlington Community Centre and Library Feasibility Study (Tansley Centre for Learning and Leisure)
  • City of Cornwall, Aquatic/Fitness Centre Feasibility Study
  • City of Vaughan, Arena Feasibility Study
  • City of Cambridge, Recreation Centre Feasibility Study
  • Municipality of Brighton, Community Centre Feasibility Study
  • Municipality of Trent Hills, Community Recreation and Wellness Centre Feasibility Study
  • Municipality of Trent Hills, Update of the Community Recreation and Wellness Centre Feasibility Study
  • Town of Markham Rouge River Community Centre Feasibility Study
  • Town of Ajax, Combined Feasibility Study for Two Major Leisure Centres and a Seniors/Recreation Centre
  • Town of Bracebridge Community Centre Feasibility Study
  • Town of Midland, Recreation Facilities Feasibility Study (arena expansion/multipurpose community centre, and the future of the Civic Recreation Centre)
  • Town of Newcastle, Arena and Community Centre Feasibility Study
  • Town of Ingersoll, Swimming Pool Feasibility Study
  • Township of Oro-Medonte, Feasibility Study for a Multi-use Recreation Complex
  • Township of Cavan-Millbrook-North Monaghan, Municipal Services Complex Feasibility Study
  • Township of Cavan Monaghan, Arena/Community Centre Needs and Feasibility Assessment Study
  • Township of Alnwick/Haldimand, Recreational Facility Needs Assessment - Haldimand Memorial Arena and Ball Park
  • Township of King, Leisure Centre Feasibility Study
  • Township of Delhi, Arena/Community Centre Feasibility Study
  • Township of Beckwith, Indoor Soccer Facility Feasibility Study
  • Township of Douro-Dummer, Arena and Community Centre Feasibility Study
  • Township of Smith, Bridgenorth Arena and Community Centre Feasibility Study
  • Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, The Ganaraska Forest Study and Business Plan
  • Bancroft Retirement Residence Feasibility Study and Business Plan
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville Soccer Club, Indoor Soccer Facility Feasibility Study

Needs Assessments and Service Strategies

  • City of Peterborough, Arena Needs Assessment
  • City of Peterborough, Ice Allocation Policy
  • City of Peterborough, Sports Field Study
  • City of Oshawa, Arena Needs Study, 2006
  • City of Oshawa, Arena Needs Study - update (2011-2026)
  • City of Oshawa, Recreation/Leisure Opportunities Analysis for the Property on the Southwest Corner of Phillip Murray Avenue and Stevenson Road South
  • Oshawa Senior Citizen's Centres, "Destination 2010" Strategy
  • Oshawa Senior Citizen's Centres, Membership Diversity Study
  • City of Calgary, Recreational Needs and Preferences Study
  • City of Gloucester, Public Consultation Program to Revamp the Leisure Service Delivery System
  • City of Mississauga, Strategic Marketing Plan for Parks and Recreation
  • City of Mississauga, Civic Garden Park Study
  • City of London, Report on Aquatic Facilities
  • Borough of East York, A Comprehensive Study of Services and the Leisure Needs of Seniors
  • Municipality of Port Hope, Fitness Facility Needs Assessment
  • Town of Markham Older Adult Recreation and Library Services Study
  • Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury Provision Strategies for Selected Outdoor Recreation Facilities (ball, soccer, tennis)
  • Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Leisure Programming Strategy
  • Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Cultural Strategy,
  • Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville,Volunteer Engagement Strategy
  • Town of Aurora Operational Review - Creation of the Leisure Services Department
  • Township of Alnwick/Haldimand, Recreational Facility Needs Assessment - Haldimand Memorial Arena and Ball Park
  • Township of Cavan-Millbrook-North Monaghan, Culture, Recreation and Library Needs Assessment, North Monaghan Ward
  • Golden Horseshoe Conservation Authorities, Joint Outdoor Tourism Marketing Strategy
  • Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, Outdoor Recreation Role and Strategy for the Public Use of Conservation Authority Lands
  • Metro. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority - Public Participation Program for the Public Use of Conservation Authority Lands
  • Metro. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority - Review of Role, Policies, and Strategies re: the Public Use of Conservation Authority Lands
  • Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation, Strategic Review: Ontario Camp Leadership Centre, Bark Lake
  • Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation, A Provincial Study of Youth Recreation Needs and Services
  • Recreation: An Essential Service/Benefits of Parks and Recreation Research and Publication, 1992, 1997 and 2010

Open Space, Trails and Waterfront Planning

  • City of Peterborough, Recreation Plan and Environmental Study of Little Lake and Environs
  • City of Peterborough, Functional Review of Del Crary Park
  • City of Peterborough, Investigation into Alternative Sites for the Peterborough Marina
  • City of Nepean, Plan for Ben Franklin Regional Park
  • City of Kingston, input into the plan for Grass Creek Park
  • City of Mississauga, Garden Park Study
  • City of Sudbury, Conceptual Designs and Planning Guidelines for Parks and Recreation Facilities
  • Municipality of Trent Hills, Facility-fit Analysis for the Potential Redevelopment of the Campbellford/Seymour Fairground
  • Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Master Plans for Memorial Park and Bethesda Park
  • Township of Oro-Medonte, Parks and Open Space System Analysis and Policy Development
  • Township of Ennismore, Ennismore Waterfront Park Plan
  • Township of Uxbridge, Trans Canada Trail Plan
  • Trans Canada Trail Ontario, Renewal of Mandate for Post-2017 Era
  • Royal Botanical Gardens - Visioning, Community Input and Needs Assessment for the Trails Master Plan
  • Crombie Royal Commission on the Future of the Toronto Waterfront, "A Green Strategy for the Greater Toronto Waterfront" and input into "Watershed" - the Commission's Second Interim Report
  • The Cabinet Office, Toronto Waterfront Development, "The Waterfront Trail: First Steps from Concept to Reality"
  • Canadian Parks Service, Central Kawartha Lakes Water Recreation and Shoreline Development Study
  • The Panel for the Future of the Trent-Severn Waterway, Vision and Strategic First Steps
  • Welland Recreational Waterway Master Plan
Strategic Planning and Visioning
  • Lanark County Community Vision and Corporate Strategic Plan
  • Norfolk County Vision, Strategic Plan and Official Plan
  • City of Guelph, assistance with Corporate Strategic Plan
  • Guelph Services for the Physically Disabled, Vision 2001
  • City of Kawartha Lakes, Two-day Strategic Planning Session with Senior Staff and municipal Council
  • Oshawa Senior Citizen's Centre, 2015-2018 Strategic Plan
  • Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Downtown Strategic Action Plan
  • Town of Halton Hills, Strategic Plan, Historic Downtown Georgetown
  • Peterborough and District Chamber of Commerce, Strategic Plan
  • Peterborough-Lakefield Community Police Service Strategic Business Plans (2004-06, 2007-09, 2010-12)
  • Peterborough Heritage Committee, Vision and Strategic First Steps
  • Community Living Peterborough, Strategic Plan
  • Peterborough Housing Corporation, Strategic Plan
  • Peterborough Community Access Centre Board, Visioning and Strategic First Steps
  • Peterborough Pete's Major Junior 'A' Hockey Club, Visioning and Strategic First Steps
  • Hospice Peterborough, Strategic Plan
  • Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Strategic Plan
  • Junior Achievement of Kawartha-Lakeshore, Vision 2003
  • Algonquin Snowmobile Alliance, Business and Marketing Plan
  • Cobourg Family YMCA, Strategic Plan
  • Brockville YMCA/YWCA, Strategic Plan
  • Trent-Severn Waterway Strategic Marketing Plan
  • The Panel for the Future of the Trent-Severn Waterway, Vision and Strategic First Steps
  • Mississauga Garden Council, Vision Workshop for the Mississauga Public Garden - 'Vision 2015'
  • Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Vision 2005
  • Fleming College Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Strategic Plan

Other Consulting Assignments

  • City of Guelph, SmartGuelph - Building Tomorrow Today (growth management strategy)
  • City of Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives, Facilitated a Community Forum re: Museum Expansion
  • City of Peterborough, Facilitated a Community Forum to Solicit Input into a Policy on Sidewalks
  • Beaverbrook Homes, Recommendations for Recreation Activities, Facilities and Amenities - Adult-oriented Waterfront Community on the Otonabee River
  • Toronto Consortium of Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities, An Innovative Model for Inter-agency Partnership in Employment Service Delivery
  • Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Haliburton Training Board, Labour Market Partner Group Development Project
  • City of Gloucester Police Services, Comprehensive Public and Stakeholder Consultation Program to Help Implement Community-based Policing
  • City of Gloucester, Consultation Program to Solicit Input into a Policy re: Dogs in Parks
  • City of Gloucester, Community Consultation Program re: Forum on Regional Review
  • City of Vaughan, expert witness and consultant re: OMB hearing for a major mixed use development
  • City of Cornwall, expert witness re: OMB hearing to defend a proposed municipal community centre
  • Atlin, Cohen, Armel, Review of the September, 1991 Keir Consultants Inc. Report - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., Vaughan Community Needs Assessment for Recreation Facilities
  • Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation, Guidelines for Developing Public Recreation Facility Standards
Selected Publications
  • "A Green Strategy for the Greater Toronto Waterfront: Background and Issues", Royal Commission on the Future of the Toronto Waterfront, 1990; with Bob Woodburn and Ron Reid
  • "Watershed" Second Interim Report of the Royal Commission on the Future of the Toronto Waterfront, contributing author, 1990
  • "The Waterfront Trail: First Steps from Concept to Reality", with Bob Woodburn and Ron Reid, 1991
  • "Public Input and the Police/Public Partnership ... A Two-Way Street", The Police Governor, (Spring/Summer, 1994) OAPSB, with Bob Woodburn
  • "Future Outlooks on Recreation: An Environmental Perspective", Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation; with Paul Wilkinson, Jean-Marc Daigle, Ken Balmer, Bob Woodburn, Lee Fraser, Michael Hough, and Alex Murray, 1991
  • "A Time to Refocus on Youth", Recreation Canada (Special Issue, 1985)
  • "The Winter Use of Playgrounds", Recreation Canada (No. 3, 1981); with Paul F. Wilkinson and Ethel M. Luhtanen
  • "The Winter Use of Playgrounds", Innovation in Play Environments, Croom Held, London, 1980; with Paul F. Wilkinson and Ethel M. Luhtanen
  • "Safety in Children's Formal Play Environments", Innovation in Play Environments, Croom Held, London, 1980; with Paul F. Wilkinson and Ethel M. Luhtanen
  • "The Joy of Winter", Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation, 1977; with Paul F. Wilkinson and Ethel Luhtanen
  • "Winter Outdoor Use of Urban Parks in Ontario", Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation, 1977; with Paul F. Wilkinson
  • "Guidelines for Developing Public Recreation Facility Standards", Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation,Sport and Fitness Division, 1976, with Ken Balmer
  • "Community Use of Recreation Facilities in Canada", National Advisory Council on Fitness and Amateur Sport, 1975; with Ken Balmer
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