Fall 2017: Youth

This issue of Recreation & Parks BC shines a light on the work and impact of our community recreation sector on youth. This back to school edition of our magazine offers a great chance to learn about some projects and programs happening across Canada, provincially, and at the municipal level.

View the magazine.


Spaces and Faces Survey

BCRPA is embarking on a very exciting initiative called "Spaces and Faces". This project aims to document the number of recreation spaces and visits by British Columbians each year and to inventory and map the types and locations of all municipal recreation facilities (indoor and outdoor) and municipal/regional parks.

With this data in hand we will be able to create a quantified picture of your impact on recreation in BC; illustrating the breadth and power of your regional government's reach, influence and impact within communities throughout the Province.

This week we will be sending the Recreation Directors links to two surveys: one indoor survey to be completed for each indoor facility, and one outdoor survey for all the outdoor spaces that your local government manages. We are asking them to assign people to complete these surveys. We thank you in advance for your support and participation in completing these surveys. Your time and attention to this are paramount to our success in this survey. We are aiming for a 100% return rate!

The deadline for completing these surveys is Friday, July 28th 2017.

Please help us to strengthen the understanding, appreciation, and respect for the power recreation and parks has to enrich the lives of people and communities.

Before and After School Recreation Program Initiative

BCRPA is pleased to offer subsidies to help offset costs for before and after school recreation programming for the coming 2017/2018 school year. Subsidies totaling $655,000 will be allocated to communities throughout British Columbia. The subsidies will support before and after school recreation programs that focus on physical activity, connecting to nature, outdoor play, and engaging in culture, sports and the arts.

More information and application information can be found here.

Physical Literacy in BC - An Environmental Scan of BC municipal recreation organizations


Everyone is talking about Physical Literacy, but what are we doing about it? To get a better sense of what's being done across BC in relation to the Physical Literacy agenda, the BCRPA conducted a scan of the recreation sector. The response rate was very strong with 70% of recipients participating.







Careers In Parks

BC is anticipating a shortage of skilled trades workers as boomers move into retirement. Anticipating the impact this will have on our sector, the BCRPA has launched a website to promote and encourage people to pursue a career in the parks sector.

The Careers In Parks website provides information on training and education, job posting samples and links to job board sites for a wide variety of careers, and includes personal testimonials from people currently working in the sector explaining their career path their journey to get where they are today. Visit the site.

Endorsement of the Framework for Recreation in Canada

Updates, and a link to the final document, can be found here.

 2017 BCRPA Provincial Awards


2017 Award recipients were recognized amongst their peers at Symposium, April 6th in Kelowna. View the 2017 Provincial Awards recipients here.

BCRPA Annual Report 2015-2016 Available


2017 BC Family Day

The Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, in partnership with the BCRPA, made grants available to support local recreation departments in coordinating family-based, admission-free events in celebration of BC Family Day, Monday, February 13th.

Visit the 2017 BC Family Day event page to view the complete list of community events that received grant funding.

2016 Fitness Leadership Awards

Recipients of BCRPA's 2016 Fitness Leader of the Year and Educator of the Year awards were recognized at BCFit™ '16, on Saturday, September 10 in Burnaby. View the recipients here.

Recreation Registration Software Forum


In 2014, the BCRPA held a Recreation Registration Software Forum. Produced in collaboration with a steering committee of BCRPA members and IT representatives, the Forum provided a platform from which delegates learned about viable registration software solutions and collectively discussed common issues and actions. A summary of the forum and links to related material can be found here.

Transportation and Health

Two recent provincial initiatives are set to have a significant impact on the citizens of BC and their health: the Province's 10 year Transportation Plan and the Transporation and Transit Referendum. Information related to both can be found here.

BCRPA Hot Sheet

Our Hot Sheet provides an overview of some of the major projects and activities the BCRPA is involved with in 2015. The document is a snapshot of activities as of January 2015.

     MEND: Children's Healthy Lifestyle Program Expands

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it! (MEND) is currently registering new participants for January 2014 programming, including eight new provincial sites for a total of 17 locations.

MEND is a free local program that gives children and their parents valuable tools and tips to make healthy lifestyle choices and achieve healthy weights is expanding in British Columbia.

Read more about MEND on the BCRPA website and in a press release from the Ministry of Health and a joint media release issued by the Childhood Obesity Foundation, the BCRPA and YMCA of Greater Vancouver 


Get connected today. The conversation has already begun....

The BCRPA has created a dynamic tool to help you and your colleagues come together to get more done. The New BCRPA Collaboration Site is open for you 24/7 and it’s so EASY to use.

Just go to collaboration.bcrpa.bc.ca and get started – networking, exploring hot topics, searching for industry information, sharing documents, collaborating on ideas and projects, learning about grant opportunities, discussing best practices and more.

BCRPA Introduces New Online Course Delivery

Complete course information can be found here.

CEC credits available for successfully completed courses!

Parks and Recreation Risk Management Course

The curriculum in this course will provide the education and hands on training necessary for parks and recreation staff to deal with the majority of risk issues that their department might experience.

This is a one day course delivered by Doug Wyseman.  BCRPA Fitness Credits are awarded to attendees.

To view full course details, as well as the date and location of the next scheduled Risk Management Course, please click here.


Progress Report from the CPRA

The latest newsletter from the CPRA is available online here.

Aquatics Guidelines Survey Consolidated Response
Over the past few months the BCRPA has collaborated with the Lifesaving Society to solicit input on the draft Swimming Pool Guidelines released by the province in October 2010. We have now provided the Ministry of Health Services with the following consolidated response.

A Workplace Walking Resource
Walk BC is excited to announce the launch of "Step by Step: A Workplace Walking Resource." This toolkit has been designed to assist organizations to implement walking programs for their employees. To download this free resource please visit http://www.walkbc.ca/workplace-walking.

Move for Life DVD:
A valuable tool to assist older adults lead healthier lives

The Move for Life DVD provides easy to do, physical activities for older adults who are interested in adding physical activity options to their daily routine. The DVD, which was developed in consultation with older adults and exercise specialists, is free of charge to older adults living in BC. more


BC's aging recreation facilities put healthy communities at risk.

A new report released by BCRPA states that 68% of the province's recreation infrastructure is at least 25 years old and in urgent need of funding for renovation or replacement.

BCRPA's - A Time for Renewal: Assessing the State of Recreation Facilities in British Columbia- takes stock of the condition of BC’s recreation infrastructure. Based upon 5 years of comprehensive research, study and analysis, the report highlights that $5.2 billion is needed over the next decade to upgrade and replace the province's aging indoor recreational facilities. BC's aging infrastructure is unable to keep up with the demands of a growing population that has changing needs and is reaching the crisis point on funding requirements.
Click here to access the reports.

BCRPA has set out to make recreation infrastructure renewal a top priority and is working with decision makers at all levels to gain their support and commitment in making this issue a public policy priority. Join us in our campaign to turn a pressing need into a public policy priority.
Click here for more information and resources. 

BCRPA - Leading the Way for 50 years

For our 50th anniversary we have created a historical video looking at the origin and development of the BC Recreation and Parks Association, and at the path we've charted for the future.

Part 1 on YouTube.



Part 2 on YouTube.

Trends and History of the Parks & Recreation Sector

As part of the development of the Sectoral Strategic Plan, BCRPA commissioned an analysis of trends as they relate to parks, recreation and culture, as well as a description of the Association and sector.

Trends in the Parks, Recreation and Culture Field

Evolution of the Field in Canada and BC