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Athletic Field Review

The aim of the Athletic Field Review is to ensure City athletic fields are well maintained, fairly allocated and used to the fullest extent possible. The recommendations that result from this review will guide how the City will manage and provide access to athletic fields in the future. Engaging with stakeholders and athletic field users throughout the project to collect and incorporate feedback will result in well-informed policy recommendations at the end of the review.


Engage

We want to hear from you!

Over the next number of months, there will be multiple opportunities for residents, user groups, and stakeholders to provide input. Focused stakeholder and user group consultation began in the fall of 2016 and included in-person discussions and a user group questionnaire.

Thank you to all those who completed a survey. Online surveys were accepted until March 27, 2017. We received feedback through 813 online surveys. Feedback is currently being considered and a summary of
"What We Heard (So Far)" is now available in the documents section of this project site.

Feedback collected through the engagement along with other forms of research being conducted will be used to inform the draft recommendations. Engagement findings will be summarized and made available in a "What We Heard" report document. The draft recommendations and other key strategic themes from the project will be shared with stakeholders and the public. Details on opportunities to provide input on the draft recommendations will be made available as the project progresses.

If you would like to stay updated on City of Winnipeg public engagement events, follow the City on Facebook and Twitter or sign up for our public engagement newsletter.

Project Timeline

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Background

The City currently manages approximately 1,000 athletic fields, which includes 532 soccer fields and 375 ball diamonds, with around 93 fields leased out exclusively to a specific sports group. This project will review and consider a number of important aspects that impact athletic field use and allocations, which include:

  • cost/affordability,
  • equitability of access,
  • financial impacts on the City,
  • needs of users, and
  • best practices.

Throughout the review, the project team will conduct research and engage with the public to determine the current state of athletic field delivery and to develop recommendations for how the City should manage and provide access to athletic fields in the future.

The project will build from previous strategic planning, policies, and other relevant documents developed by the City, which include:

Provincial and national policies, frameworks, and planning documents are also being considered in the Athletic Field Review to ensure recommendations meet best practices. Included in this review are the following documents:

Documents

Document Name Date Type
"What We Heard (So Far)" 2017-06-08 Report

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the City conducting the project?
The City of Winnipeg continues to make a significant investment in athletic fields. The aim of the Athletic Field Review is to ensure City athletic fields are well maintained, fairly allocated and used to the fullest extent possible. The recommendations that result from this review will guide how the City will manage and provide access to athletic fields in the future.
What changes are being considered to current allocations processes and practices?
The project recently started and potential changes have yet to be identified. Residents and stakeholder input along with other forms of research will ultimately drive the recommendations that are developed.
How are user groups and stakeholders being engaged?
Feedback from athletic field user groups and stakeholders has been gathered through a combination of in-person discussions and a User Group Questionnaire. In total, over 40 user groups and stakeholders have provided input to-date. Stakeholder review of the draft Athletic Field Review is scheduled to occur in the fall of 2017.
How is the public being engaged?
A public web survey was fielded in March 2017. Over 800 residents provided feedback. Collection of public input on the draft Athletic Field Review is scheduled to occur in the fall of 2017.
Will the needs of spontaneous / unstructured athletic field users be considered?
Yes. The City recognizes that casual and unstructured use of athletic fields is important and contributes to wellness and quality of life. Ensuring that these opportunities are available is important and will be considered along with booked use and all other forms of athletic field use.
How do I know my input is being considered?
How do I know my input is being considered? A: The project team has developed a "What We Heard" Report in order to share information with stakeholders and the public on the findings from the engagement process. The report can be found on this project website.
How can I stay involved in the project?
Join our email list to be notified about upcoming engagement activities, look at the "Engage" tab on this website, and follow the City of Winnipeg on Facebook and Twitter .
Last update: June 8, 2017
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Did you know that when you register your child for a sport at a local community centre, a portion of the registration fee is used to:

Aerate, top dress, and fertilize soccer, baseball and football pitches? The fee only contributes to approximately 50% of the total cost of these services.

This youth athletic fee is already included in your registration fee, and is approximately $10 per participant.

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