FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John presented the final draft of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan to City Council yesterday.
The City sought community input and conducted a number of surveys. 415 were done by telephone. They also surveyed 40 youth as well as 101 online. They also reached out to the community through social media, email and stakeholder meetings.
The survey results found that 79% of people participated in walk, hiking and jogging activities while 71% were satisfied with the maintenence of trails. 64% were satisfied with the maintenance of parks in Fort St. John.
The Pomeroy Sports Centre saw a 81% attendance rate. But the Leisure Pool only saw a 42% attendance rate. The North Peace Arena sits at a 58% attendance rate.
32% of respondents said they would like to see indoor playgrounds in Fort St. John while 26% said they want to see more gymnasium spaces.
20% said the top barrier to them participating in more recreational activities was hours of operation while 11% said it was due to poor and inadequate facilities.
There were recommendations brought forward that could help enhance the facilities and experience for citizens. The areas that are being focused on are:
- Park Design and Development
- Sports Fields
- Winter uses
- Other Park Amenities
- Parks and Operations Maintenence
- Indoor Recreation Facilities
- Programs and Events
- Allocations, Fees and Charges
To view the full Master Plan Final Draft, visit: https://fortstjohn.civicweb.net/FileStorage/979C3334670242C19BDE944D812C7B05-2016-12%2012%20PRMP%20FSJ%20Mayor%20Council%20Presentation%20rev.pdf