In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all North Cariboo Recreation and Parks facilities were closed to the public in mid March. (Observer File Photo)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all North Cariboo Recreation and Parks facilities were closed to the public in mid March. (Observer File Photo)

Full impact of COVID-19 on North Cariboo Recreation and Parks not yet known

Guidelines on when and how facilities and servies will resume excpetced in coming weeks

According to a report by City of Quesnel staff, the full financial and operational impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had and continues to have on the North Cariboo Recreation and Parks (NCRP) services and its budget are unknown at this time.

The report was presented by City of Quesnel Director of community services Jeff Norburn during a North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee meeting on May 19.

“The reality is that the full impact of COVID-19 financially is really not known at this time none of us really know how long this will last and what it will look like coming out of it,” said Norburn.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the NCRP implemented the following reductions in service:

  • Virtually all North Cariboo Recreation and Parks facilities were closed to the public in mid March, including the West Fraser Centre, Arena 2, the Arts and Recreation Centre, Barlow Creek Hall, Bouchie Lake Hall, Parkland Community Centre, Alex Fraser Park, and the Indoor Soccer Facility; all of which remain closed at this time.
  • All Leisure Services Department programs were cancelled to the end of August 2020.
  • All North Cariboo Recreation and Parks major events were cancelled unit at least the end of August 2020.
  • Rental bookings have been cancelled and no new bookings are being taken for the use of fields, schools, or other facilities.
  • According to the report, facility closures and the cancellation of programs has had a “significant negative impact” on revenues, however should the facilities and remain closed and programs stay on hold beyond June 15 a surplus of the NCRP budget will be a “likely result” as expenditure savings will exceed lost revenue.

“Eventually it will reach a point where we are actually saving more money because the service is not a cost recovery it actually costs money to operate so the longer we are closed the more money we will save for the North Cariboo Recreation and Parks services, the flip side of that is people won’t be able to utilize the services that they expect in the community,”said Norburn.

The report states that the NCRP is waiting on recommendations and guidelines for the recreation sector that have been approved by the Public Health Officer before moving forward with opening facilities.

Read the full story in next weeks Observer.

READ MORE: COVID-19: Quesnel’s West Fraser Centre, Arts and Recreation Centre closing today

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The trek was made without spectators on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2021. Organizers are planning a second run for February, when they hope public health restrictions are lifted. (Tammy Raynor - Submitted Photo)
As mushers deliver, sled dog mail run organizers announce second event

The dogs made the trip from Quesnel to Barkerville, delivering envelopes of mail for Canada Post

The driver of this truck received minor injuries after it careened off the highway. (Quesnel RCMP Photo)
Semi-truck crashes down 200-foot embankment off Highway 97

The truck also spilled diesel fuel into Cuisson Creek

Operating Room nurse Tammy Solecki, Clinical Practice Leader Joanne George, and Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Van Zyl, stand alongside new equipment G.R. Baker’s shoulder surgery extension. (Submitted photo)
New shoulder surgery program at G.R. Baker Hospital in Quesnel already getting rave reviews

The $200,000 program could support nearly 100 surgeries a year at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital

People skate on a lake in a city park in Montreal, Sunday, January 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The end of hugs: How COVID-19 has changed daily life a year after Canada’s 1st case

Today marks the one year anniversary of COVID-19 landing in Canada

The location of the proposed Telus cell tower is at the red pin. (Google Maps)
Telus proposes Wells cell tower

The project is available for public comment until March 1

Rolling seven-day average of cases by B.C. health authority to Jan. 21. Fraser Health in purple, Vancouver Coastal red, Interior Health orange, Northern Health green and Vancouver Island blue. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
2nd COVID vaccine doses on hold as B.C. delivery delayed again

New COVID-19 cases slowing in Fraser Health region

A woman wearing a protective face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 walks past a mural in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
Five big lessons experts say Canada should learn from COVID-19:

‘What should be done to reduce the harms the next time a virus arises?’ Disease control experts answer

A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform as she makes a phone call. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver man calls 911 to report his own stabbing, leading to arrest: police

Officers located the suspect a few blocks away. He was holding a bloody knife.

Vernon has agreed to a goose cull to control the over-populated invasive species making a muck of area parks and beaches. (Morning Star file photo)
Okanagan city pulls the trigger on goose cull

City asking neighbours to also help control over-population of geese

FILE – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his opening remarks at a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Tuesday, January 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine CEO ‘very, very clear’ that Canada’s contracts will be honoured: Trudeau

Trudeau says he spoke to Moderna CEO on the morning of Jan. 26

Ben Tyler was working on a Nicola area ranch when he disappeared. File photo
Ben Tyler was working on a Nicola area ranch when he disappeared. File photo
2 years after his riderless horse was found, police believe Merritt cowboy was killed

Two years after he went missing, Ben Tyner’s family makes video plea for information

A ground worker wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 unloads lobsters from a WestJet Airlines flight at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, January 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Trudeau teases stricter travel measures; Canadians flying to U.S. now need COVID test

Prime minister says measures need to not hurt imports and essential trade

Seats in the waiting area of domestic departures lounge of Calgary International Airport are seen with caution tape on them on June 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
3-in-4 Canadians in favour of banning interprovincial travel: Poll

According to Research Co., 80 per cent of Canadians would like to see restrictions imposed

Most Read