Item - 2019.EC5.6
- This item was considered by Economic and Community Development Committee on May 27, 2019 and was adopted without amendment.
EC5.6 - Pilot Skate Exchange Program and Skate Lending at City-operated Rinks - Update
- Decision Type:
The Economic and Community Development Committee:
1. Received the report (May 9, 2019) from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation for information.
This report responds to Council direction that Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR) report back to the Economic and Community Development Committee on the results of the pilot skate exchange program that was approved by City Council at its meeting of July 23, 2018 and any new approaches to skate lending.
Parks, Forestry and Recreation operated a total of six pilot skate exchange programs during the 2018/2019 winter skate season. Over 500 people participated in the skate exchange, with over 60 per cent of participants receiving a free pair of skates. The division also leveraged new partnerships at select outdoor artificial ice rinks for implementing four skate lending activations. Both the skate lending and the skate exchange initiatives were well received and well attended.
Parks, Forestry and Recreation will deliver the Skate Exchange program during the 2019/2020 season and will pursue ongoing partnership funding to continue skate lending.