Understanding community needs is an important step in ensuring the Town is getting the most out of its investments in parks and recreation services. Therefore, the Town commissioned this needs assessment study. The findings contained within this report will be considered by the Town as it moves forward with development decisions.
A variety of research and community engagement activities were conducted to develop this report. Research activities included a review of key internal and external documents, demographic analysis, community group membership analysis, facility inventory, facility utilization and capacity analysis, comparative benchmarking, and a trends analysis.
Engagement activities included two separate surveys, facilitated input sessions with members of the public and stakeholder groups, a Council, Recreation Board, and Staff input workshop, community road show, digital interactive mapping, facility tours, and interviews with community groups. All residents and community groups were given the opportunity to speak with the consulting team through an interview and participate in the surveys. In total, the engagement process produced 531 touchpoints with the community.
Understanding community needs is an important first step in ensuring the Town is getting the most out of its investments in parks and recreation facilities and programs.
For more information on the Recreation Needs Assessment, the 2022 Final Report can be found here.