Councillor Janet Davis recommends, A Growth Strategy For Recreation, wait lists up 64% in past 3 years.

A Growth Strategy For Recreation
Origin

(February 15, 2017) Letter from Councillor Janet Davis, Ward 31, Beaches – East York

Recommendations

Councillor Janet Davis recommends that:

 

to meet unmet demand and address wait lists

Toronto’s Recreation program waitlists have grown by 64 percent in the past 3 years

 

1. The General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation include in her next implementation report on the Recreation Service Plan (2013-2017) any necessary changes to the current plan and timelines, and include a framework for developing a multi-year growth strategy for primary recreation programs to meet unmet demand and address wait lists.

Summary

Toronto’s Recreation program waitlists have grown by 64 percent in the past 3 years, most dramatically in areas with high need for these programs. A recent Budget Briefing note stated that “the demand for recreation programs across the city has grown with the addition of new facilities and through the expansion of Centres Where Programs Are Free (“CWPAF”), specifically in free and low cost programs.”

The 2013-2017 Recreation Service Plan implementation has focused on increasing access to programs, engaging residents in hard-to-reach and underserved areas, and reducing barriers for equity seeking groups in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs).

The lack of program opportunities to meet demand affects all residents; however, the shortage of program spaces disproportionately impacts low-income residents who have few, if any, alternatives to experience the social, economic and physical benefits of recreation.

with the waitlist for swim programs over 60,000, the majority of whom are children.

Currently, the total waitlisted clients sits at almost 200,000, with the waitlist for swim programs over 60,000, the majority of whom are children. The scale and scope of this unmet demand is too large to address through local program adjustments and reallocations, and must be addressed at a systemic level.

A 5 year plan was to be completed in 2017, has not and will not be completed on time.

 

The 5 year plan was to be completed in 2017. However, many of the elements have not been implemented. Two key areas are the creation of a Primary Program Model and a Service Planning system that “plans for age groups and recreation program types at both the city-wide and local scales.”

To develop a plan for the future, the City needs to address equity as well as population growth and service demand to meet the needs of our residents.

 

 

Background Information

 

 

(February 15, 2017) Letter from Councillor Janet Davis on A Growth Strategy For Recreation
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-101388.pdf

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