Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan

Thank you to all for participating in our public consultation activities over the past several months to share in the discussion about the master plan.

Final Draft Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan Report Presentation

Final Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan Report - Part 1 [PDF - 2 MB]

Final Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan Report - Part 2 Appendix A [PDF - 6.3 MB]

Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has commenced the development of an Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan that looks at the long term future of the region in the context of its changing environment, demography, emerging priorities and needs for indoor recreation facilities and spaces.  The Master Plan will serve as a guiding document for the Comox Valley sports centre commission and the staff and board of directors of the CVRD providing high level strategic direction, identification of priorities, and tactical recommendations for implementation.

GDH Solutions with Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects have been hired to lead the process and provide technical and consultant expertise in the development of an Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan.  It will take into consideration local input, and balance what is wanted with what can realistically be afforded over the next ten years.

Public Consultation

The purpose of the public consultation sessions is for the consultant to hear from current users of the CVRD facilities as well as community members who have an interest in indoor regional recreational facilities. The CVRD has three major recreation facilities - the Sports Centre, the Aquatic Centre and the Curling Centre.

Community Workshops

The Focus Groups were completed in January 2017 and the next phase of community consultation was the Community Workshops. Two interactive workshops were held in February 2017 to obtain additional input into the Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan.  These workshops were open to anyone living in the Comox Valley Regional District, Courtenay, Comox or Cumberland, with an interest in the future of indoor recreation in the Valley. This was an opportunity for everyone to get involved and provide information on current and future needs for indoor recreation facilities and spaces.

The consultant presented an overview of the project with an update of progress to date, and facilitate a discussion on a vision for the future of indoor recreation.

Additional Consultation

The next stages of consultation will include open houses in late spring 2017 to share our findings and present the draft Master Plan (please see details noted above about upcoming open house in June).

Background Information

The Comox Valley Regional District was recreated in 2008 to serve the interests of three incorporated municipalities (City of Courtenay, Town of Comox and Village of Cumberland) and three electoral areas.

It has a population of roughly 65,000 residents populating an area of over 1700 square kilometres on Vancouver Island’s east coast from Cook Creek to Oyster River and west to Strathcona Park and east to include Denman and Hornby Islands.

In the region, there are three recreation departments and initiatives in each of the three municipalities which serve their own residents as well as rural residents.  In addition the CVRD has established the Comox Valley Recreation Complexes Service for the purpose of enlarging, operating and maintaining ice arena-swimming pool complexes, curling centre and to contribute towards the cost of existing community use facilities and structures in the service area.  Participants in the CVRD service include the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland and the residents of electoral areas ‘A’, ‘B’, and  ‘C’ but does not include Denman and Hornby Islands.  The service is overseen on behalf of the CVRD by the Comox Valley sports centre commission.

The CVRD service includes the direct operation of two major recreation centres being the Comox Valley Sports Centre and the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre.  A third facility owned by the CVRD is the recently upgraded Comox Valley Curling Centre which is leased to and operated by the Comox Valley Curling Club.

The CVRD recreation services are delivered at a cost of approximately $6,500,000 per year of which approximately 33 percent is recovered through user revenues and grants.

Timeline

The draft Indoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan will be completed in June 2017.  It will be presented to the local municipal councils and the CVRD Board. 

Contact Information

Jennifer Zbinden
Senior Manager of Recreation Facilities
Tel: 250-334-9622, ext. 242