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Wyman Jacques Arboretum

Established in 1974, the Wyman Jacques Arboretum is a botanical collection of trees, shrubs, gardens, floral displays and constructed features. 

Master Plan Update

The City of Barrie is in the process of updating the Wyman Jacques Arboretum Master Plan. We invite you to share your input as a local citizen and user of the Arboretum.The selected design will be used to update the Master Plan which will be a guide in the long-term planning, while protecting and enhancing its natural heritage features.

The purpose of the Master Plan includes the following:

  • Develop a mission and vision for the Arboretum
  • Review and update the plant collection inventory
  • Propose expansion areas for the arboretum collection in the context of the Arboretum Master Plan
  • Review Accessibility and constraints
  • Create current and future plant collection areas, with botanical themes and interpretive opportunities
  • Propose seasonal visitor experiences
  • Propose educational program opportunities
  • Create educational and interpretive signage (design)
  • Identify potential revenue generation opportunities
  • Update the existing Conceptual Design, prepare Cost Estimates, and Sequencing Requirements for implementing any recommended improvements to the Arboretum Master Plan


Conceptual Ideas for the Master Plan Development

Background information presented at the February 6, 2019 Public Information Centre included:

  • Context of the Master Plan Update
  • Draft Mission and Vision for the future Arboretum
  • Three (3) draft Concepts for future direction
    1. Land and Art
    2. Farm and Kitchen
    3. Forest and Garden

Please see the attachments/links provided in the downloads section to review. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Do we have to pick one of the three concepts as our preferred?

While we would like to hear your thoughts on each of the general concepts, we can take the best elements from each to create one preferred Concept to go forward to Council for their approval.

If Council approves the Master Plan, when will it be built?

Council approval will give staff a long term plan for implementation of Arboretum improvements. Typically, we would phase these improvements over several years and submit annual budget requests to Council for their approval to go ahead with planned elements each year.

Would the proposed improvements be all tax funded?

No, many elements can be funded through partnerships, donations and/or sponsorships. The final Master Plan document will include a phasing plan, estimated costs and identify elements that would be best suited for funding through alternative sources.

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