Community Centre Strategy

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In our first round of engagement in 2021, over 1880 of you shared your experiences of our community centres to guide future short term and long term planning for these essential buildings.

Now we want your input on the draft principles that will guide community centre renewals and renovations. Take our new survey here.

Community centres are vital spaces that promote resilient communities by facilitating active living, community connectedness, and fostering citizenship amongst residents of all ages, ability levels, backgrounds, identities, and financial means. Guided by VanPlay's Strategic Bold Moves, the Park Board is developing a citywide strategy to identify priorities for community centre renovations, additions, and renewals.

Community centres are generally jointly operated by Park Board and Community Centre Associations, and typically include amenities like gymnasiums, childcare, and program spaces. They are sometimes co-located with other recreation facilities such as pools, arenas and sports fields that are operated by the Park Board. Some community centres are also co-located with civic facilities operated by others, like schools, childcare centres, libraries, and housing. The Strategy will ensure future community centres projects occur in a strategic and informed manner and that investment decisions meet the needs of a diverse and continuously evolving city.

The Community Centre Strategy will not impact community centre renewal projects that are underway.

In our first round of engagement in 2021, over 1880 of you shared your experiences of our community centres to guide future short term and long term planning for these essential buildings.

Now we want your input on the draft principles that will guide community centre renewals and renovations. Take our new survey here.

Community centres are vital spaces that promote resilient communities by facilitating active living, community connectedness, and fostering citizenship amongst residents of all ages, ability levels, backgrounds, identities, and financial means. Guided by VanPlay's Strategic Bold Moves, the Park Board is developing a citywide strategy to identify priorities for community centre renovations, additions, and renewals.

Community centres are generally jointly operated by Park Board and Community Centre Associations, and typically include amenities like gymnasiums, childcare, and program spaces. They are sometimes co-located with other recreation facilities such as pools, arenas and sports fields that are operated by the Park Board. Some community centres are also co-located with civic facilities operated by others, like schools, childcare centres, libraries, and housing. The Strategy will ensure future community centres projects occur in a strategic and informed manner and that investment decisions meet the needs of a diverse and continuously evolving city.

The Community Centre Strategy will not impact community centre renewal projects that are underway.

  • About the Project 

    The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (Park Board) is developing a Community Centre Strategy. This strategic planning project aims to ensure that Community Centres are best positioned to:

    • Meet the current and future needs by setting service level standards
    • Determine future renewal priorities
    • Ensure successful and efficient individual projects
    • Identify opportunities to better collect and make use of data. 

    The project was initiated in spring of 2021 and is scheduled for completion in spring of 2022.  

    Engagement Process

    This project includes two rounds of public engagement:

    Round 1 was open from June 28 to Sep 10, 2021 and we asked the public for their experiences in community centre facilities. The feedback are useful to inform and guide the future planning and investment of community centres in Vancouver for generations to come.

    We heard from over 1880 public survey respondents, over 40 community groups, and 175 staff members. You can see the engagement summary of Round 1 results here.

    The second and final round of engagement from Jan 19- Feb 2, 2022, offers you the chance to review and share your input on the draft prioritization principles and criteria for community centre renewals and renovations. These will be refined based on feedback and presented to the Park Board for approval in spring 2022.

    Translations

    Fully translated surveys will be available in: Traditional Chinese [繁體中文] Simplified Chinese [简体中文]  Punjabi [ਪੰਜਾਬੀ], Filipno [Tagalog], Vietnamese [Tiếng Việt], and Spanish [Español].

    The automatic translation tool* is available for: French [Français], Korean [한국어], Japanese [日本語] and Spanish [Español] – please see the tool at the top-right of this page. 

    (Note: the translation service on our website is hosted by Google Translate. As this is a third-party service, we cannot guarantee the quality or accuracy of any translated content.)


    The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation acknowledges, with respect, that our programs, services and facilities are located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

    ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­We hope that Community Centres are spaces that can contribute to the successful realization of the City of Reconciliation’s long-term goals.

     

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.


    We are developing a citywide strategy to guide community centre renovations, additions, and renewals.

    Vancouver has a broad network of community centres, pools and rinks across the city. The citywide Community Centre Strategy will include:

    • What we have: Current state inventory and analysis
    • How we service: Optimum level of service targets for community centres
    • How we plan: Process for community centre renewals
    • How we manage: Data collection and management for facilities planning 


    Share your thoughts

    Please tell us about your experiences of your local community centre. Your feedback will help inform and guide the future planning and investment of community centres in Vancouver for generations to come. Survey will close on September 10.


    Translations

    Fully translated surveys are available in: Traditional Chinese [繁體中文] Simplified Chinese [简体中文]  Punjabi [ਪੰਜਾਬੀ], Filipno [Tagalog], Vietnamese [Tiếng Việt], and Spanish [Español].

    The automatic translation tool* is available for: French [Français], Korean [한국어], Japanese [日本語] and Spanish [Español] – please see the tool at the top-right of this page. 

    (Note: the translation service on our website is hosted by Google Translate. As this is a third-party service, we cannot guarantee the quality or accuracy of any translated content.)



    The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation acknowledges, with respect, that our programs, services and facilities are located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. 

    We hope that Community Centres are spaces that can contribute to the successful realization of the City of Reconciliation’s long-term goals. 

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