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Vision and Guiding Principles for the Municipal Recreation Facility Strategy

5 months ago

What role should the City of Ottawa play in the future of recreation facilities and community spaces?

What key factors do you want the city to consider when developing the strategy for the next 10-20 years? 

Consultation has concluded

  • BDKaz 22 days ago
    Recreational facilities should have a higher spending priority than over-sizing streets and urban expressway.
  • True Sport Foundation about 1 month ago
    Sport and recreation is arguably one of Canada’s most important public assets. Values-based sport encourages community involvement, volunteerism, leadership, fair play, respect, inclusion, and helps children and youth grow into community leaders and community volunteers. In other words, good sport can instill character in individuals and strengthen communities. As the City of Ottawa plans for the future of recreation and sport facilities, the True Sport Foundation encourages the City to consider not just how many lanes the pool should have or parking lot size, but how the intentional integration of shared values and principles can instill character in children, strengthen the surrounding communities and increase opportunities for excellence. The City has an exciting opportunity to drive individual and community growth, and help sport and recreation contribute to social objectives.
  • Gwen about 1 month ago
    As we all know, dollars are limited to the tax base. I would encourage multi-use facilities, and cooperation with existing facilities with other levels of government. Schools and community centre services should merge to gain access and increase use of both. I read a submission stating we should encourage operating facilities that encourage summer outdoor spots in the of season - I would challenge that. Would it not be more cost effective to provide a variety of leisure activities enhanced by our natural environment? We can't be all things to all people and keep tax roll rates at a responsible level. I'd encourage low cost entry leisure activities to match existing facilities, and keep maintenance levels at a good standard. For instance - I've taken up running / jogging from may to october using NCC pathways, at a low cost to taxpayer and my personal budget. Winter should bring indoor sports into focus - mall walking for seniors and perhaps scavenger hunts should be introduced using our new o-train as a course. These are low cost, and provide alternatives in winter months. Schools should work in concert to maximize leisure facility access to the city to increase gymnasium access evenings and weekends, if we don't already do so.
  • Don C 2 months ago
    With the possibility of older, single pad hockey arenas being re-designated to other uses, the City should consider renting or a having a joint partnership for the fastest growing sport in North America (Pickleball). I sit on the board of Valleystream Pickleball and have witnessed first hand the increase and growth of this sport. We need an affordable facility that would be open seven days a week from 8am-10pm to accommodate the growth of the sport and to introduce and accommodate the working/student force that need a facility to play after work or school. Pickleball isn't just a sport for retirees and older people,the sport is exciting and can be played recreationally or as competitively as you wish for all ages.Thank you for giving this sport consideration,I would be interested in offering my services and/or investing in a joint venture.
  • krob 2 months ago
    The City should play the lead role with of course support and partnership from community organizations with the same vision for the future of facilities and community spaces. Support and partnerships should represent and come from organizations locally i.e. businesses, sport councils, cultural groups, competitive sport and recreational groups, colleges, universities. More specifically, for sport hosting opportunities, extend participation input from national, provincial and international sport organizations.I think it is important to not only design, develop, retro-fit, and upgrade flexible multi use/sport facilities today for 10-20 years in the future but include specifications of indoor outdoor facilities with minimum international competition specifications to help increase usage for sport hosting events and providing higher performance training facilities in Ottawa.
  • SarahBee 3 months ago
    There is a significant lack of pools in the suburbs. Those pools that exist cater to two groups only 1) seniors and 2) children. There are a whole lot of us in between who are left out of this great form of exercise almost entirely. Unless I want to pay a lot to swim at a tiny private gym pool or go from 7 to 9 pm it's not something that I (as a person working a M-F 9-5 type job) can do right now. I highly recommend that you at least open the existing pools at hours that allow professionals to squeeze in a swim before (say 5 to 8) or after (4 to 6) work. Even if it's only a lane or two.
    • Scmack 2 months ago
      I am an avid swimmer, and have one child who competes. The state of Ottawa pools is quite frankly embarrassing. The best pool for competition in the area is in Gatineau which cannot be used for swim Ontario sanctioned meets. The Capital of Canada can barely meet the pool standard to host a regional level swim meet let alone a provincial level competition. Either the refit of the Nepean Sportsplex or other identified pools to bring them up to the National competitive standards (including infrastructure to provide kitchen facilities for volunteers, and additional seating) or a new modern competitive pool (at leasta 10 lane 50m tank, with an additional 25m tank for warmup/cooldown) should be looked at. There are a multitude of ways to implement this and there are many companies within the high tech sector to assist. Most swim clubs are screaming for pool space, and additional lanes means lap swimmers aren't stuffed in like sardines, while still allowing for and expanding swim lessons. A modern facility which meets National or International swim standards would line up with tourism goals as one commenter pointed out.Cheers!
  • Doug Corner 2 months ago
    The Ottawa Velodrome Project was established several years ago to explore the viability of an indoor Velodrome in Ottawa. Recently a suggestion was made on a page that has now been closed called “What do you like about City of Ottawa Recreation Facilities?” . The suggestion was to repurpose an existing arena into an indoor velodrome space that can be used by the public for a range of activities from athletic training to public safety (similar to what has recently been done in London, Ontario). The conversion would save on the costs associated with maintenance and operations of an ice plant. The suggestion gained just over 50 comments in a short period of time. Following through with the very positive reaction this suggestion received, the City should consider a plan for a velodrome which includes multiple sport activities and obviously, the best combinations would be based on the design of the facility. There are already examples of existing velodromes in Canada that incorporate multi-sport activities i.e the Mattamy Cycling Center, Milton, ON., the Harry Jerome Sports Center, Burnaby, BC and the planned Coronation Community Recreation Facility, Edmonton, Alberta. All of these facilities cater to both recreational and competitive participants.I believe there is demand within Ottawa that exceeds that seen in other Cities where a cycling and mixed use facility works well for the community. The City is seeing a boom in cycling transportation, competitive racing, BMX and mountain biking, and this forum can be used as a way to open up the discussions with partner activities.
  • Ian1 3 months ago
    Ottawa greatly suffers in that the new communities in the suburbs lack recreation space, but when they get -its awsome The new Minto Pool is over the top wonderful. On the other hand older communities in the established old Ottawa have very old and dated facilities. And as infill and densities increase the per-captia increases to bursting points. Our older facilities are not having their repairs kept up.If we could both refurbish an existing space while building new elements, that would be great. The former City of Nepean built great massive multiplexes Walter Baker and SportsPlex for example. The former City of Ottawa had many more smaller centres allowing neighbourhoods to have a community centre but a weak sporting experience.The former City of Ottawa built a number of small rinks that don't really support minor hockey, speed skating, and due to size capacity even public skating. NHL and Olympic ice services support all skaters better. I would hope we have learned to build facilities at the current or pending requirements and not cheat corners so everyone gets a crumb.Pools are great example of the challenges to meet everyone needs. Recreational swimmers and learn to swim want warm pools with curves, shallow ends and perhaps water features-Dovercourt. Swimmers who want to swim laps and are in swim clubs want cooler water straight lines the old school tanks - Pinecrest Brewer.The new Minto pool might be the best example of meeting both. But this could be better, with moveable floor and the appropriate number of lanes.Parks and rec has always been focused on the recreational level. However we need to have an eye on high competitive because that's where people want to aspire to -grow too. Also these larger surfaces allow more participants. At Plant Bath, a lap can be reserved for laps while regular people swim around and kids are in the warm shallow pool.I would offer the refurbishment of the Potvin Glouchester Rink to the SensPlex East is a strong locational example of how to proceed. We need to upgrade and improve the old, remove one item facilities to multipads, or with Gyms and pools with other rooms to support kids play group- community rentals and other emerging sports.Our facilities also need to use the technology to support the users. Rinks; hockey players want colder ice which is faster, figure skaters need warmer ice to support jumps etc. Surely we can pre-program the ice plants to be a degree or two warmer or colder to support the regular booked users. I use to play at Orleans Rec right after the figure skaters and learned about this. If we asked the Rink attendant they would cool the ice - thus less water after floods.Pools could also use this to support energy conservation but also support the intended users preferred temperature range.We can build at a slow pace 2-3multiuse driven plexes in the suburbs. But we have all sorts of older facilities with lands around them on arterial road and good transit, and these should be looked at inorder to build out.ALSO our rinks and pools should have solar collectors on them. These high power use facilities could and should be able to self powered.There are a number of orphaned sport -ie long track speed skating no real outdoor facility. We should look to see how we can partner with developer local and provincial sports groups to see we cant meet a broader selection of needs.
  • mecha3 3 months ago
    I heard during the 2019 heat wave in europe that public pools stayed open longer to help the people cool down. I'm not sure how good of a strategy that is, but it may be worth considering. At very least, theese facilities should consider having strong AC, so those unable to afford ac have a place to go. --- I've heard that drone deliveries may happen in 10-20 yrs. A place for drone deliveries to land where it won't get nailed by a ball.
  • mecha3 3 months ago
    Having comfortable seating, like tall backrests. Better for accessibility. Rather than the usual defensive design.Related video: Why cities are full of uncomfortable benches:
  • mecha3 3 months ago
    Whats the REAL difference between this discussion and the brainstorming activity on recreation facilities that closed recently?
  • mecha3 3 months ago
    These facilities should not go cashless: 1. some people having difficulty obtaining other forms of payment. 2. Better for privacy. (If someone doesn't want their bank/insurance/etc to know that they go to x venue)
  • mecha3 3 months ago
    If these facilities are going to allow people to sleep in them, the places where ppl sleep (benches/chairs) should be made of material that bed bugs dislike. I found a bedbug in a library years ago. As far as i remember, bed bugs like wood. They have difficulty climbing up smooth materials like some metals and plastics.
  • MaggieB 3 months ago
    Somerset is particularly challenging. Recreation Facilities should meet needs of families, young people and those that are low-income or homeless. Because a community recreation centre should strive to meet the needs of all its residence, the city of Ottawa must be the guiding force behind new facilities or enhancements to existing ones. Commercial recreation facilites are focused on profit and will therefore exclude those on limited budgets, families and the less fortunate in our community. The Plant Bath is excellent. It has all the main exercise facilities that one can need. There are only 2 things missing. 1) Indoor play space that is not a pool for kids (although it could be possible to open up the big gym for open play in winter) and 2) welcoming safe place for some of the homeless in our area to take a rest and possible washup.
  • Walker 4 months ago
    The City needs to do a much better job of preventing dogs from interfering with walkers, runners and cyclists. As a start, dog parks must be clearly signed and fenced off from walkways and playgrounds. The City's maximum leash length needs to be enforced. It is unfortunate that a few irresponsible dog owners make these measures necessary to protect my safety. Dogs don't pay property taxes, why do they seem to have more rights to enjoy public parks/walkways than I do?
  • Jason T Cheney 3 months ago
    I think the idea of multi use facilities is one that could be practical in Ottawa. People can see other people playing other sports that they may not have been exposed to with other facility type structures and set ups. When i visited the Velodrome in Milton ON, I was blown away with the number of volleyball and basketball players who have their practices at that facility. There was a constant rotation of youth every hour. The Milton facility also has an indoor running track and a weight training area. I was at the Milton facility for their velodrome. I am a supporter for a velodrome in Ottawa and think that it could expose a bunch of new youth to the sport. I realize that a stand alone velodrome facility would not be viable, but if it is placed inside a multi sport facility i think everyone can benefit. Location could be where it would be accessible to the largest number of youth as possible. I think cross training between many sports is better for the development of an athlete and a person and a facility like this would help aid that.
    • JLZ 3 months ago
      I cannot agree with this more. A large facility that includes arena, Olympic size pool, field house, community area, fields etc are so necessary. Cross training is also a reality of most sports, however current state we have public, clubs etc all competing for use of the same space. Reality is, Nepean Sportslex and the Richcraft are some of the few locations however are always booked because 15+ clubs and different sports all need acces. As the city grows the health of a community depends on our ability to maintain these to allow for a happy healthy community.
  • Admin Commented Deanna Schofield_City of Ottawa 5 months ago
    "Partnerships:• City develop better relationship with NCC – sharing services, properties• Increased partnerships with clubs/facilities to encourage other user groups"comments from open house
  • TennisAdvocate84 3 months ago
    There are many great comments here. Multi-use facilities (multi-sport specifically), taking notice of emerging trends (growth in certain sports like basketball, soccer and tennis). This all being said, I want to advocate for the tennis individuals in the city specifically. It appears in some of the sport cases in the comments the lack of access to facilities is a real issue but simple changes to allow sports leagues to access public school gyms would solve issues like floor hockey, badminton, basketball, etc. Winter tennis however in this city has essentially become privatized as a result of the selling off of public venues. For a city of now over a million people, the lack of access to a public tennis bubble is startling. With the emerging Canadians in tennis (Andreescu, Raonic, Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime), the trend of tennis growing is only going to increase HOWEVER unlike many sports which have year round access to facilities, tennis essentially in this city is for all in the summer, and for the elite in the winter. The city emphasizes inclusion however its actions with tennis in this city has been anything but. Public facilities have been sold off to private entities, the new surface used to rebuild city owned courts was decided upon without any consultation with tennis stakeholders. It seems like the city makes the decision on anything tennis without talking to anyone. Even the CEO of Tennis Canada admits that the lack of publicly avaialble indoor tennis options is what is stopping Canada from being even on the world stage. Would be great if Ottawa and its ever emerging population had access to one to provide the next future champion.
    • Admin Commented Elizabeth Cybulski - City of Ottawa 3 months ago
      TennisAdvocate84, thank you for your comments! Strategically it seems like you'd like a greater availability of sports and spaces for activity in the winter. Where should these types of facilities be built? What sort of covered court are you envisioning? Would it be like a sports dome with courts inside?
      • TennisAdvocate84 3 months ago
        Hello Elizabeth,So strategically speaking, yes more facilities dedicated to summer sports in the winter I think is imperative in the city. This is Ottawa, many outdoor summer sports, especially those who cant play in rain (unlike soccer or football) really have a limited life in this city on an annual basis. Outdoor Tennis as an example really has become a May to September (maybe October though since I moved here I haven't even seen that) sport. Tennis is a sport that is great for inclusion as the cost to play is so minimal. On the summer the NCTA, OTA, local clubs and even the city recognize this through programs but in the winter, we currently force people to private clubs who then still charge for court time. A young teenager shouldnt be forced to pay $500+ to get access to a sport they pay maybe $60 for all summer. You right there eliminate interest and momentum from people who just started playing in the summer.As for buildings, there aŕe two ways to look at it. Cheapest option for tennis only is to modify an existing public court or two with a tennis bubble (or dome) and a washroom/clubhouse. The asset is built (courts) just need modifying. The area around the Orleans Tennis Club or Blackburn Tennis Club likely could accommodate this currently (though obviously local residents would need to be consulted). In terms of a full build, as others have said, multi purpose facilities are the best return on investment for the city. A building with say 3-5 tennis courts (with pickleball lines to accommodate both sports), some meeting/classrooms, a gym for basketball, indoor soccer, badminton, gymnastics, etc. Would ultimately cost a fair bit but easily make back the money in time. Really the increased cost to accommodate a number of sports and activity rooms is minimal vs building a single use facility that can only be used for one or two activities. That being said, a dome could be a solution at a minimal upgrade and maintenance cost. Living in the east end, there is certainly demand.
        • TennisAdvocate84 3 months ago
          • Admin Commented Elizabeth Cybulski - City of Ottawa 3 months ago
            Thank you for all those suggestions, a common thread seems to be the building of multi-purpose facilities that can house various kinds of activities, for all levels and cost of the programming needs to be considered. When capital building projects like complexes are brought forward, community consultation is certainly a part of the process.I will take all of your suggestions and make sure they are passed on to our project team!
            • TennisAdvocate84 3 months ago
              Much appreciated. From a personal standpoint I do think the city or local councillors should consider with getting a dome/bubble built. What i have heard in my discussions with city staff is that we have many tennis courts around the city but these courts are rarely monitored for use or well maintained. Certainly everything has a cost but sometimes (and I can only speak to tennis) it seems the city uses funds to build an asset that they just build and hope people use (though cant back that up with any data) when they could be consulting and using existing parties to enhance existing facilities. As mentioned previously, a bubble over the 4 courts in Orleans or the courts in Blackburn could be done only for winter and then taken down in the summer. The amount of people in the east end alone (not including those that would travel) would easily pay off for a temporary structure. The best thing about a bubble is it can be a winter only solution which then turns into a regular outdoor court in the summer. It does not necessarily need to be a permanent structure.
  • Ottawa Shooting Stars 3 months ago
    When developing strategy for the next 10-20 years, you need to look at trends in youth sport. Basketball is trending upwards across Canada and is played by diverse populations. Ottawa proportionally puts more dollars and focus on hockey, which largely attracts a higher income, less diverse population of athletes.
  • Admin Commented Deanna Schofield_City of Ottawa 5 months ago
    "Provide a multi-sport facility (year-round) that will accommodate a variety of activities/sports for a variety of age groups", comment from open house
    • Jeff Wilson 3 months ago
      Agreed. Single or limited use facilities are not a resource-effective means to meet the recreational demands of a growing city (yes, I'm looking at all those ice pads). Recreational facilities should have as much flexibility as possible to meet the needs of various groups.
      • TennisAdvocate84 3 months ago
        Agreed. It has been proven with many public and private builds in Ontario that multi-purpose use facilities are the best way to ensure a good ROI however these cannot be a replacement for some single use facilities. From a city perspective, yes a multi-sport facility is a better idea simply because the money put in is likely to be recouped in much less time than a single use facility, but that is not to say that some single use facilities (especially ones lacking in the city like a more accessible tennis bubble) should be ignored. The city has plenty of indoor gymnasiums but tennis courts that have not been sold to private clubs seems to be non-existent.
  • DeeW 3 months ago
    The City should consult with interest parties when considering options for facilities and community spaced. If you get feedback then you can constantly look back at the feedback when building or re-purposing facilities to see where the needs are. It's important that the people who are using the facilities have a say in what is built. The City should also look at costs for rental of their facilities. I was very surprised to learn a few years back when we rented space at the GRC for our basketball club, that the City does not offer lesser rate per hour for non-profit organizations. We try to keep our programs affordable for all youth but if we have to pay $60/hr for a court, on a weekly basis, that adds to our costs over the season.For the next 10-20 years, again, look for feedback and look back at the feedback to see what facilities are needed. If people are willing to take the time to give you feedback, the need must be real. Facilities do not need to be brick and mortar. Domes are very popular and if the City has the land, why not put in domes at a lesser cost than brick and mortar? Could we get more facilities that way? There are a number of programs that could use a dome. For basketball, we use school gyms but so do other sports so we share time with them. Our sport is growing every year and there just isn't enough time in schools. We are a winter sport and there are summer sports using the school gyms as well. Everything is full. We do not want to have to turn children away....but it may come down to that if we can't find a way to have space for everyone. So again, considering feedback even 10-20 years down the road will help athletes participating in sports down the road. Thank you.
  • Jeff Wilson 3 months ago
    From a basketball perspective, we are at the mercy of the School Boards for facilities. Equitable use of these facilities often sees activities such as remote control airplanes, archery, small group yoga, futsal, etc. Sports such as basketball, badminton, and volleyball require an indoor court whereas these other activities could be carried out in other spaces or are running out of season (think multi-sport athlete). More common sense needs to be applied when determining the best use of space. As well, participation numbers and projections should also be considered.
  • Admin Commented Deanna Schofield_City of Ottawa 5 months ago
    "Provide a cost effective, safe location for children & adults for all ages to enjoy" Comment from open house
    • Jeff Wilson 3 months ago
      In order to encourage an active lifestyle and sport for life initiatives, we must ensure that not-for-profit youth organizations are given spaces that are not cost-prohibitive for the families they serve. Keep our youth moving and healthy should be of paramount importance to our society. It will yield dividends at many socio-economic levels.
  • Rideau Skating Club 3 months ago
    As a skating club we need to provide full year training opportunities for our athletes preferably in our regular home club area. We are hoping that City of Ottawa will be considering building or renovating current facilities to provide more ice for the off season training of all ice sports without having to travel to different facilities. We are also concerned about the continually increasing rental fees for ice. Our prices increase with ice rate increases causing us to price ourselves too high for all families to access our services.
  • Milena 3 months ago
    The city should ensure future rec facilities are compliant with international sport federation standards so that we can host sports events of different levels (youth, masters, elite...). This would align with tourism goals as well.
  • Ottawa Shooting Stars 3 months ago
    As it stands now, the gatekeepers of the gyms for Ottawa are school superintendents and custodians of schools who are not necessarily motivated nor qualified to manage these facilities for recreational purposes. In addition to this, the school boards accept private rentals in favour of non-profit rentals, which runs counter to the community use of schools act. Priority for school facility use should be for NON PROFIT organizations and not for private rentals.
  • Ottawa Shooting Stars 3 months ago
    We need more indoor recreational facilities, specifically basketball facilities in the core of the city. Our club (Ottawa Shooting Stars) cannot meet the growing demand of basketball due to a lack of gym supply. We are having to rent private facilities which increases our registration fees and creates barriers for lower income families. We believe sport should be accessible to all of Ottawa's youth and it is not currently. Ottawa also needs more multi court facilities to host larger events and attract tourism dollars.Derek Firth - President, Ottawa Shooting Stars Basketball Club
  • Kathy Vandergrift 3 months ago
    Include a funded strategy to revitalize park facilities in established neighborhoods that are undergoing significant change through the city's intensification policies. Not only is our current fieldhouse run-down physically, half of it is leased to a baseball club that has no connection with our community while we have no space for community activities such as programs for children or gatherings of residents. A strategy to renew local facilities at the same time as intensification adds stress to neighborhoods would assist in building social cohesion that is essential for healthy neighborhoods.
  • Matthew 3 months ago
    As the city’s core continues to densify, there will be more children of all ages. It will be important to preserve and improve the fields we have, and not give them up to developers. Tom Brown Arena has a soccer field outside of it, but I have never seen any netting in the goalposts that are there. More and more kids will start using that field in the coming years, so the field should be maintained. It will not be sufficient to ask all the youth of Hintonburgh, Mechanicsville, the soon to be growing Little Italy and Lebreton Flats to share one field for all the different sports youth and adults can play on them.
  • NG 4 months ago
    Would love to see the City consider how to better match transit and cycling infrastructure with recreation facilities. I live in an urban area, well served by commuter transit but it is next to impossible to take the bus to nearby City of Ottawa facilities without multiple transfers and a significant amount of time.
    • antony 4 months ago
      Thanks NG. A few quotes from the City of Ottawa Transportation Master Plan (2013) that might match your suggestions for the project team: "Communities that have a good balance between homes, jobs, schools, shopping and recreation typically have high rates of trip internalization—that is, a high proportion of all trips that begin in the community also end there." p15 "The Cycling Network reflects the need for better cycling connectivity—the ability of residents to cycle from their homes to work, school, errands, transit and recreational opportunities—across the city..." p44 Posted on behalf of Deanna Schofield_City of Ottawa
  • Rock 4 months ago
    Need to partner with private sector to offer different activities instead of competing with them. To ensure that various activities such as dance, martial arts, etc... are accessible to all, the city could provide subsidies to family in needs, however allow the private sector to provide the service.
  • Cheryl 4 months ago
    The City must identify land and budget for recreation facilities for the projected population increases. The City policy of increasing density but not planning for infrastructure to keep up with it will make communities less livable and less desirable. We need the denser communities to be vibrant areas - not sandwiched together with no green space and no recreation facilities unless you drive to the suburbs.
    • Admin Commented Elizabeth Cybulski - City of Ottawa 4 months ago
      Hi Cheryl, thank you for your comment on use of space. In your opinion what sort of recreation spaces do you think are needed to help make these denser communities more vibrant?
      • Cheryl 4 months ago
        We need swimming pools - like Plant Bath, skating rinks - like Tom Brown, gym space, meeting room space, exercise areas.We need parks with play equipment but also open areas for sports and just running around. We need meeting rooms.All facilities here are already at capacity - adding thousands of more residents along the transit corridor requires more of all of the things we have. Kids learn to skate at City arenas, they learn to swim at city pools and wading pools. Private facilities are not where those skills are gained.
    • Rock 4 months ago
      As we work on the official plan, schools and recreational facilities should be joined, providing hubs which would simplify the public transportation strategy, and also make those facilities more utilized during the day. It would provide our kids easy access to physical, art and the like activities.
  • Judy Makin 4 months ago
    My local (rural) community association signs a recreation agreement with the City every 3 years. We have not received any significant increase in funding for 15 years (aside from a minimal COL). Meanwhile, our communities are growing, and there is now a significant sector of active/ retired people who are looking for recreational opportunities. We must divert funds from longstanding programs for kids in order to meet this growing demand.
  • Michael J 4 months ago
    It should continue to be the principal builder and maintainer of recreational facilities. For many inner city communities there are limited sources for capital funds to build or renovate capital facilities such as community centres, arenas and pools and gyms. This is creating a serious problem in the provision and maintenance of facilities because of the limited access to development charges and land that exist in inner city communities. Facilities need to be smaller scale and more attention needs to be paid to flexible use and sensitive design as facilities have to fit into already densely developed neighbourhoods. Given the official plan's focus on intensification of development effective provision of recreational and cultural facilities will become more important and more partnerships should be considered with local community groups both in the design and operation of such facilities.
  • Admin Commented Deanna Schofield_City of Ottawa 5 months ago
    "Bringing disabled children with abled children – I think that needs to come back. It should be more inclusive."comment from open house
  • Admin Commented Deanna Schofield_City of Ottawa 5 months ago
    "Allocation of Space:• Providing facilities/programs but also facilities others can provide programs in• Commercial hours vs association hours for prime time"Comment from open house
  • Admin Commented Deanna Schofield_City of Ottawa 5 months ago
    "Upgrading of existing facilities in Ottawa core (accessibility/removing barriers)", comment from open house
  • Admin Commented Deanna Schofield_City of Ottawa 5 months ago
    "City should play a huge leadership role in collaboration among multiple parties", comment from open house
  • Admin Commented Deanna Schofield_City of Ottawa 5 months ago
    "Add culture staff to the community centre planning of buildings", comment from open house
  • Admin Commented Deanna Schofield_City of Ottawa 5 months ago
    "More focus on the needs of individual from birth to seniors", comment from open house