Community Involvement

1. User group workshops

Strathcona Gardens has a number of valued groups that use the facility on a regular basis. These groups were invited to participate in facilitated workshops at key points during the project planning phase and design stages.

2. Community Advisory Group

A community advisory group was established in late 2016 as a forum to share information that was considered during the planning process. Members represented a broad cross-section of facility users and user groups (arena, pool and wellness users), and the two communities it serves (residents of Electoral Area D and the City of Campbell River).

3. Public Information Sessions

The public were invited to drop-in, view materials and speak with the project team and project consultants at key points in the project planning phase.

4. Project Newsletter

Project updates and news via email or mail were sent.
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5. News Releases


Engagement to Date:

  • First Nations Info Session – October 2023
  • Alternative Approval Process for Borrowing Bylaw No. 342 – August – November 2023
  • User Group Meeting and Public Open house – June 2023
  • Comment Cards – Request for public feedback (May-June 2022)
  • Details Design Plans – publicly displayed at Strathcona Gardens (May – June 2022)
  • Detailed Design Plans – User group & First Nations Info Sessions (May 2022).
  • Project Update – User group & Advisory Group Info Sessions (Jan 2019).
  • Interactive Public Events and Online Survey (Sept/Oct 2017)
  • Public Open House – Needs Assessment (2015)
  • Household Survey – Needs Assessment (2015)

These outreach opportunities formed the feedback component of the Facility Needs Assessment study completed in 2015. Feedback helped guide decisions around the next steps for the project and were considered and implemented in the Design plans for Phase One and Two.

Additional opportunities, such as feedback forms, online consultation and open houses were organized.

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