1 p.m., Feb. 24)
City to overhaul rules governing allocation of sports
By Fred Sherwin
City of Ottawa is overhauling the allocation of rinks,
soccer fields and baseball diamonds, basically wiping
the slate clean of past allocations and starting anew.
current system was adopted in 2002 in the aftermath of
amalgamation and allowed for the grandfathering of an
organizations historical use of a facility.
in the 15 years since amalgamation, the citys population
and demographics have changed dramatically impacting both
usage and the distances users have to travel to participate
in their preferred sport.
to a report released by the citys parks and recreation
department, the current distribution of allotted facility
hours will be re-balanced using a validated
level of need for each client group.
other words, times will be assigned based on the number
of registered participants and the playing time standards
established by their governing bodies. Some groups that
have been getting more than their fair share will lose
time, while others that need more time can supplement
it by using non-prime hours, or renting private facilities.
issues the changes will address include allocating use
according to participants geographic proximity to
facilities in their community; consolidation of facility
hours to increase utilization; and the need to shift use
of prime and non-prime hours to better reflect recent
usage patterns and, in some cases, adjust start time usage
blocks to increase effectiveness of use.
policy changes are being implemented after extensive consultations
with minor sports groups across the city. How the changes
will impact local minor sport associations, however, still
remains to be seen.
changes will come into effect this April for the 2016-17
fall/winter ice season; Septem-ber of this year for the
2017 summer ice and slab season; and November for the
2017 sport field / ball diamond and park season.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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