FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — City Council has awarded a request for proposal contract to Urban Systems for the Parks and Recreation Master plan, which is designed to guide investments by the City into recreational infrastructure, parkland acquisition and development over the next two decades.The contract amounts to $148,340, plus GST.On January 12, the City released a Request for Proposal for the master plan, and the request closed on February 25. Six companies sent in proposals — ranging from $105,500 to $177,000. Staff from Fort St. John, Taylor and the PRRD all evaluated the proposals.- Advertisement -Although Urban System didn’t have the lowest price, their score was the highest among the proponents — at 80.4.Consultations and presentations regarding the master plan took place during the summer of 2015 to develop the scope of work — in conjunction with City Council, PRRD Directors and the District of Taylor’s Council.“The nature of the master plan development, and as detailed in the Urban Systems proposal, will have many opportunities for community input and consultation,” an administrative report to council stated.Advertisement Mathews Park Playground: Please note the 0-5 year old playground structure at Mathews park has not aged well and has…Posted by City of Fort St. John on Tuesday, April 12, 2016Advertisement The report calls recreation and leisure pursuits ‘critical foundations that work to enrich the lives of people who make our City an energetic place to live or visit.’A day after Council approved the contract in relation to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the City announced on social media that it would be removing the playground at Matthews Park, due to safety concerns as the structure has aged considerably. The playground, meant for children up to five years old, is currently fenced off and will be removed within the next few weeks.The City says it welcomes input on what residents would like to see for their parks in the future.