B3: Recreation Sites

Year
2015
Category
Community and Resources,Other
NCLGA Ref#
B3

Status

NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership

Details

WHEREAS provincial recreation sites are frequently over capacity during summer months, and have fallen into disrepair;

AND WHEREAS sites are maintained by volunteer groups which are drastically underfunded:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Province of British Columbia to provide funding for the improvement and maintenance of all provincial recreation sites within British Columbia.

Responses

The UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions calling on the provincial government to provide funding for improvement and maintenance of provincial recreation sites (2010-B41, 2003-B28, 2003-B94, 2002-B84).

The most recent of these resolutions, 2010-B41, requested that the provincial government “ensure that it provides additional funding for the maintenance and upgrading of recreation sites to enhance and promote economic development through tourism.”

In its response to the resolution the provincial government acknowledged “the valuable social, economic and environmental contributions that recreation sites and trails provide to communities throughout British Columbia.” The Province highlighted as successes its leveraging of additional funding from federal and local governments; as well as the development of partnership agreements with local organizations to maintain recreation sites and trails. Ultimately, however, the provincial government indicated that “funding for managing recreation sites and trails is limited in the current fiscal environment.”