Calgary’s Athletic Parks and playfields are highly valued recreational spaces, with over 700 sport groups booking these facilities annually.
Currently, The City of Calgary Recreation manages 12 Athletic Parks (Class A – C), which consist of 41 rectangular fields and 9 ball diamonds.
The City of Calgary Parks stewards 434 rectangular fields, 417 ball diamonds, and 7 cricket pitches (Class D). Parks also has the ability to book an additional 229 rectangular fields and 161 ball diamonds located on school sites (Class E).
In late 2014, The City of Calgary hired a consultant, RC Strategies, to conduct a review of all City of Calgary playfields and Athletic Parks (now referred to collectively as Sport Fields). As part of the Zero Based Review Program, there is an opportunity to streamline some of the processes and better align the management and accessibility of these much-valued spaces with best practices.
The objective is to:
- review existing playfield and athletic park management practices;
- review booking processes & rates;
- assess current offerings and future needs, identifying opportunities for improved service;
- develop recommendations that will inform a Sport Field Strategy and ultimately, a Sport Field Policy.
Feedback from stakeholder engagement sessions and public input was collected and reviewed, and will be taken into consideration when developing the new Sport Field Strategy. All Calgarians were invited to provide feedback via an online questionnaire which closed on July 7, 2015. Results are now available. Please see the What we heard report for details. On November 9, a stakeholder information session was held at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary to provide a summary of the engagement results and next steps, which includes development of the strategy and accompanying recommendations, which will be finalized in 2016.
The ultimate goal is to develop a sport field strategy and policy that will be brought forward to Council in 2016 for discussion and determination of next steps.
Please continue to check back for updates as the project progresses.