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User groups gain new voice through Recreation Advisory Committee

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

By Michael Christianson

Recreational user groups in Dryden are hoping to have a strong voice with city council through forming a Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC).

At the request of several user groups and with direction from city council an initial recreation user groups meeting was held on January 29. From this meeting came the idea of the committee that will be comprised of representatives from facility user groups as well as council to meet on a regular basis along with municipal recreation staff.

Bob Cunningham, the community and development services manager put forward the staff report on Monday at the Council of the Whole meeting.

“I think it’s going to be terrific,” said Cunningham. “It’s going to be great to get the feedback from the user groups; they’re the final line of usage that we are looking forward to tapping into and I recall our first meeting we had with the ice users group the first year I was in recreation and it was incredible the amount of feedback they could give us on how we could improve doing our job. They’re the users they know what they need and we need to know what we can do to improve it.”

Each user group would have a representative on the committee and members would represent users of the ball diamonds, soccer fields, ice hockey, other ice surface users, pool, fitness and seniors group as well as a city council member representative.

Cunningham’s hope is that the group would have a strong ear to the municipality so everyone is better engaged.

“I guess there was a little interaction between council and the user groups,” said Cunningham. “I think they were maybe feeling a level of frustration not being able to coordinate any kind of communication between the administrative staff and the user groups. So I think it was a good idea to bring this forward and now have that line of communication because I really think it’s going to improve our ability to provide the services.

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