City Reviewing Community Associations
Prince George, B.C.- It’s been 40 years since Community Associations were first established in Prince George and the City is calling for your thoughts on the programming they deliver and their value.
There are seven community associations in the City serving Beaverly, Blackburn, College Heights, the Crescents, the Hart, the South Bowl, and the West Bowl. Together, they offered a total of 125 recreation programs ranging from T-Ball to Zumba and bootcamps, they also maintain 19 outdoor ice rinks in the City.
Cheryl Livingstone-Leman, Community Coordinator for the City of Prince George, says this isn’t about dismantling the associations “We are in no way shape or form wanting to dismantle them, we want to enhance them.” She says the launching of a public online survey will help form ideas on how to best move forward.
But if the Associations have been operating for 40 years, the phrase, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” comes to mind, Livingstone-Leman says it’s hoped the survey will help form some recommendations to avoid volunteer burnout, make the associations more sustainable, “maybe work in partnerships with other organizations that are doing similar work, is there more the City could do to help or facilitate the Associations along the way, there are just so many ideas to keep these groups sustainable and happy doing what they are doing in our community.”
The survey is available online until July 20th.
Livingstone-Leman says she hopes to present a report and recommendations to Council this fall. “This is a long term strategy” says Livingstone-Leman “It might be a strategy that has recommendations that take a year or several years to implement over time. We hope these Associations are around for another 40 years, they provide, inexpensive, grassroots neighbourhood programs for kids, adults and seniors, and we want to see that continue.”