“One pass” for RMWB sports facilities a possibility with new corporation
Oct 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm in News, Sports by tyler.king
Council has given the green light to creating a new not-for-profit corporation to handle sports and recreation facilities in the whole municipality.
It would be modeled after the Macdonald Island Park corporation, and Mayor Melissa Blake says it could mean the same kinds of successes in new places as new facilities are built.
“If you consider one sport and recreation board or commission that has the overarching view about how we create facilities, whether it’s something on the north side in the urban area, or if it’s places like Fort Chip or Anzac, if we can get a synergy, we simply transfer it from one place to another,” she explained.
Blake says having everything under the same umbrella could mean people buying one pass for everything.
“If you have an entity that’s working with all of the sport and recreation facilities, and they can come to an agreement about how they might be able to offer wider access, I think that’s a real benefit,” she said.
“So if I can get visitors from Fort Chipewyan that have a Fort Chip pass, come to McMurray and be able to participate at Macdonald Island or something new, that’s just a huge benefit for all of our residents.”
Blake says the new corporation could be what spearheads a new rec centre on the north side.
“Population is the dictator on everything,” she summarized. “And if you contemplate the population on the other side of the river, you may find that the facility has to be as significant [as Macdonald Island], maybe different amenities that are part of it.”
“I don’t need two fifty-metre swimming pools that are really fast and fabulous, but I sure need some swimming pools up on the other side [of the river].”
The corporation is planned to eventually merge with the Macdonald Island Park corporation.
October 25, 2012