Over a 24 hour period, The City of Calgary's Recreation staff turned recreation facilities into flood reception centres across the city. Serving Calgarians in a time of need is a natural extension of work they do daily in Calgary communities. Without question, Recreation staff approached each day with determination to serve fellow citizens.
During the 2013 June flood, Recreation satisfied several service facets - they helped people who were displaced, ran free drop-in programs for families impacted by the flood, and supported City staff with temporary office spaces.
Three reception centres were opened by Recreation for a total of 10 days. At these centres, Southland Leisure Center, Village Square Leisure Center and Acadia, 1390 Calgarians were provided with shelter and support. Additionally, a need was identified for a fourth reception center at The Planetarium, which was set up to house residents and staff of Alpha House. This center housed 120 people for 4 months, July to October 2013.
The emergency response to the 2013 June flood is an illustration of how recreation facilities are truly hubs, or safe meeting places for citizens. These public recreation facilities provide social connectedness each day, and especially in times of need. They are gathering places where families can play, new friends are met and people of all ages, abilities and lifestyles can participate. They are places that promote social, physical and mental wellness. It is more than recreation; it's community wellness.
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