In July 2010, Bissell Centre and Boyle Street Community Services proposed to develop a coordinated approach to recreation in Edmonton’s inner city. The partner agencies received funding from the City ofEdmonton, United Way of the Capital Region, and REACH Edmonton for a one year pilot project.
The Inner City Recreation Program was designed to address social issues in Edmonton’s inner city neighbourhoods by meeting the recreation needs of community members, most of whom experience significant barriers to recreation. The program’s recreation coordinator uses a strengths-based approach to introduce community members to activities or facilities and then to build confidence and specific skills to continue the activities on their own.
The program offers a broad range of activities, including individual and team sports, visits to cultural events and facilities, and outdoor pursuits. Activities are open to all community members, as well as agency staff and volunteers from both Bissell Centre and Boyle Street Community Services. Staff not only participate in and help to run various activities, they also build on established trust-relationships to draw participants from different program areas, including families, youth, drop-in and housing.
To participate in the program, contact Rylan Kafara, Inner City Recreation Coordinator, at 780-860-6154 or email@example.com.