Parks and Recreation Facilities
( display item 11)
Setup: 10-Sep-2011 
Sports permit fees
TPP example of variable permit fees
The issue of community collaboration and sports fees became quite large, right across the city, during the second year of our grant. We took part in three citywide public discussions about the hands-on community management of children’s soccer and baseball in city parks and had four individual meetings with volunteers who wanted to make use of our database material. On the basis of what was said at these meetings, we created our first publiccommons.ca slide show for a Parks Committee deputation, highlighting the operational role of community volunteers in maintaining sports fields.
Permit fees and park friends
City support for allowing park friends to contribute their gifts in their neighbourhood parks continues to be a roller coaster ride. We uploaded our “Campfires in parks” picture/video presentation as a tool for discussion. Our new “natural ice rinks” collection of photos, stories, and media material is next in line. Natural ice rinks seem to be one neighborhood activity that still gets solid support from staff, and no group is being asked to pay either a permit fee or insurance for flooding the rinks and making them available for park users. Also, such concrete projects with positive outcomes seem to retain volunteers, contributing to a sense of neighbourhood accomplishment.