Framework for Recreation in Canada introduced in region

The Leduc region – comprised of seven individual municipalities – is the first collective group in the province to publicly support the Framework for Recreation in Canada, which sets a common vision, goals and priorities for recreation.

Representatives from each municipality in the region gathered Monday to demonstrate support for the framework, and showcase the many ways it is reflected in local recreation and parks services.

 “We all know the importance of being active, both physically and mentally,” says Ricardo Miranda, Alberta's minister of Culture and Tourism. “Active communities are also healthy communities, and I applaud the Leduc region for its initiative and leadership in taking this national framework and turning it into a local plan for action.”

The goals of the framework centre on the enhancement of individual and community well-being through recreation and include: active living, inclusion and access, connecting people and nature, supportive environments and recreation capacity.

“By supporting this framework, we acknowledge that the five goals provide us with a shared vision for recreation in the region,” says City of Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke. “Together, we are committed to enhancing recreation in the community and creating a strong recreation system in the region for all to enjoy.”

The Framework for Recreation in Canada was developed by the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, in an effort to stimulate coordinated policies and practices in recreation aimed at improving the wellbeing of individuals, communities and the built and natural environment. The Government of Alberta, in partnership with the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, has developed the Municipal Recreation Engagement Strategy to support a coordinated implementation of the goals identified in the framework, and is encouraging municipalities in Alberta to adopt this strategy.