Recreation amenities gap analysis (RAGA)

In 2008, The City of Calgary Recreation commissioned the Recreation Amenities Gap Analysis Studies (RAGA) to identify the recreation and leisure needs of Calgarians and determine if new recreation facilities may be required.

Conducted in two phases (parts I and II), the RAGA studies surveyed 6,024 households in twelve study areas. In addition, interviews were conducted with community leaders and various segments of the population. The results provide valuable information concerning the leisure and recreation preferences and participation patterns of Calgarians, their satisfaction with current leisure and recreation opportunities, and perceived amenity gaps.

The full Recreation Amenities Gap Analysis Report is available to review. The study gives a view to Calgary’s needs and preferences on a larger regional scale informing aspects of the Recreation Master Plan and recreation capital development including Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding and new recreation facility development underway. The information from RAGA can be of use in providing guidance for further strategic needs and preference work by community associations, social recreation groups and other external stakeholders.

Summary reports from 12 study areas

The map below shows the 12 study areas examined for recreation gaps (click map to enlarge). The areas were determined by grouping together communities of a similar age with similar demographics. The reports below identify the needs, preferences, challenges and opportunities for recreation planning and service delivery in each area.


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