Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Updating our Civic Sport Policy - we want to hear from you!

A lot has changed since 2005. For one thing, you could visit Blockbuster on a Friday night to rent a movie. The top tech trends included dancing to your own 'Ipod' and flipping your Motorola Rzr cellphone. And, if you are a sports fan, then you likely remember the incredible (and misleading) performance by Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France. You may also remember that in 2005 Calgary was the first municipality in Canada to adopt a policy aimed at fostering sport.

Updating our Civic Sport Policy.

Council approved the Civic Sport Policy in 2005 but since then our population has grown by nearly 500,000 people. Along with this growth, there is increased demand for accessible sport opportunities and quality sport amenities. It's for these reasons The City is looking to refresh this policy and ensure it continues to be meaningful for Calgarians.

“We are looking to see how the policy has shaped sport opportunities in Calgary and how we can do better,” says Greg Steinraths, manager of Sport Partnership in Calgary Recreation. “Whether it's amateur or professional sports, our goal is to clearly understand our role and how The City can better facilitate and support the broader sport delivery system.”

We want to hear from you! There is no doubt that sport plays an incredibly important role in the cultural fabric of our city. Moreover, sport provides significant economic and social benefits, which is why we are asking for input from stakeholders such as Sport Calgary, Calgary Sport Tourism Association and sport organizations.

So far, we've talked to a lot of individual Calgarians too! From education providers, and volunteers from the LGBTQ community, to new Canadians and amateur athletes but now we'd like to hear from you. Whether you're involved in sport or not, are a coach, ref, or a parent whose children participate, please review what we've heard so far and give us your thoughts on the future of sport in Calgary.


  1. would be great if community non-profit organizations could rent spaces for free for different sport activities like: soccer, basketball etc.

  2. The amount of ice hockey rinks in the city is deplorable. In the NW alone there are very few city run facilities, which means, that figure skaters, hockey, community skate programs etc... are lacking and packed in at all hours of the day. How is it that the beer leagues can pay more and get prime ice time when 15 year old kids have 10:00 pm ice time all the way across the city at a Village Square Arena because there is no ice in the NW? Did I mention that that is also considered one community associations "home" arena! That is crap. One rink in the new facility slated for Country HIlls is lacking. Why only put one ice in when three were proposed? Certainly all the fancy outside work being done could have saved money if they stuck to a reasonable design and put the money on the inside towards the facilities. It is not an "art" piece! Love the Cochrane facilities as an example out at Spyhill... two sheets of ice, lacrosse/ indoor soccer field, gymnastics areas and gymnasiums, plus meeting spaces and an inside running track to boot.