A Bold Path Forward: Increasing Access to Recreation for a Strong and Healthy Community

A Bold Path Forward: Increasing Access to Recreation for a Strong and Healthy Community


Hello, I’m Naheed Nenshi, and today I want to talk a little bit about some of the most important parts of building a
healthy city; investment in sport and recreation facilities for children and
adults. Over the past seven years we’ve really started to address Calgary’s
recreation deficit, by creating many, many projects including four brand-new
recreation centers, two of which are already open, as well as ice surfaces,
soccer fields, and refurbishment of existing recreation facilities. These new
developments and upgrades to existing facilities have dramatically increased
the availability of rec facilities for Calgarians. But there’s a lot more to do. Calgary has continued to grow, we need more new and renovated facilities that are
accessible and meet the needs of our diverse communities. We need more indoor soccer fields, we need more indoor space for track and field for example. If I’m
re-elected, over the next four years I will help develop a long-term plan to
build and fund new and renewed recreation facilities to meet the
current and future needs of Calgary’s communities, including new indoor
facilities for sports like soccer and recs and track and field. And I will
collaborate with city partners to ensure existing and future facilities are
effectively used and available to the public and sport programs at times and
locations that meet the needs of people in Calgary. Hi, I’m Karen Lord, I’m a busy
mom of four and a Calgarian and I like that we have rec centers available to us
in Calgary. What I think we need, is more. More spaces. I have some busy children
behind me they’re always into soccer some of our friends are into hockey and
there needs to be more space so that you’re not spending most of your time in
a vehicle driving to and from I also like the idea of rec centres being
social hubs. The one nearest to us has a library for instance, or some of them can
have more community space where people can gather. I don’t want people that
can’t afford to have cars not being able to go, and single-parent families
that can’t schedule their children’s driving to and from would have more of a
chance and an opportunity to get to them. I think we need more rec centers because
youth sport is a very important part of our lives and I know a lot of my friends
and family too I want them to enjoy it I want them to meet friends. and I want
them to get out in play sports, and so if we had more areas like that
around Calgary the opportunities would do therefore not just us, but for
everyone. Investments in recreation are investments
in a strong and healthy community as well as investments in economic
development, because they attract people to this city. Let’s continue to build on
what we’ve got and make sure recreation is accessible to every Calgarian.

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