The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), in partnership with its member municipalities, has undertaken a recreation planning project for the past seven years. The phased approach has involved an initial public engagement and needs assessment (Phase 1), collection of facility user data (Phase 2), exploration of regional funding options (Phase 3) and development of a regional recreation strategy (Phase 4).
The CVRD committed to doing an updated facility use analysis every five years to keep our data current. The last one was done in 2017, so the CVRD and its partners have just undertaken an updated facility use analysis in all of our nine regionally significant recreation facilities between October 2022 and March 2022. The most recent facility use analysis report, as presented on April 27, 2022, can be found here.
Our intent is to have the facility usage data updated every five years to create a rolling average of data over three analyses. This data will be collected from three sources:
Program registrations from recreation centre databases
Drop in user surveys
User group membership lists
In 2019, as a continuation of the work that was completed in Phase 3, the CVRD Board approved staff to develop a plan outlining how Regional Recreation facility funding apportioned on the basis of use could be implemented over a 3-year period. The COVID-19 pandemic changed our timelines slightly, but this is still in the works and we will have more updates coming very soon, so stay tuned!