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Sep 30, 2016 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Consults on Updates to Facility Allocation Policy

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Sept. 30, 2016 – Partner organizations, stakeholders, and members of the public have an opportunity to provide feedback on the review of Coquitlam’s Draft updated Facility Allocation Policy. The Draft Policy can be viewed at www.coquitlam.ca/allocationreview and feedback and comments can be emailed to allocationreview@coquitlam.ca.  

The City is updating the current Policy and the processes used for allocating City-owned and operated facilities.  The goal is to ensure there is an overall allocation system that establishes fair and equitable opportunities for all – and ensures that facilities are being utilized to their fullest capacity in a financially sustainable manner. This review does not involve a study of, or changes to, any user fees.

During the initial public consultation process, the following were identified as key concerns to be addressed through the updated Policy: 

  • how to accommodate new activities and groups in allocation; 
  • the extent to which residency should be used as a criterion and how to consider/include Tri-City based groups;  
  • how and to what degree the City should accommodate the trend towards elite and year-round sport programs; 
  • how to ensure users are accountable and efficient with their allocated time;
  • how to handle disputes over facility allocation; 
  • how to ensure consistency and fairness across facility service areas; and 
  • how to accommodate sport tourism, festivals and events.

Feedback received through public and stakeholder consultation helps inform Council decision making and ensures that the updated Policy responds to the needs of local stakeholders and the community. 

Staff will compile the feedback for presentation to Council mid-fall 2016. It is anticipated that the new Policy will be in effect for spring 2017.

For more information, or to read the complete Policy, visit the Allocation Review webpage

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Media contact:
Kerri Lore 
Manager, Community Partnerships & Policy
Parks, Recreation & Culture Services 
604-927-3587