The Future of the Fenlands

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Help Shape the Future of The Fenlands

The Fenlands Future Phase 1 – April 26 to May 26

In May, we asked residents and groups for ideas on how to improve The Fenlands to ensure it provides maximum benefit to our community. We heard from over 400 people what kind of activities, programs and spaces they’d like to see. These ideas have now been designed into concept options.

The Fenlands Future Phase 2 – July 30 to *extended to September 19*

We’re now in Phase II of our public engagement and are looking for input on these new concept options.

Who should provide input?

We want to hear from everyone, whether your participated in Phase I or not. Newcomers to Banff, people who have been here 25 years, community groups, sports teams, non-profit organizations, and everyone else who lives, works, or plays in Banff.

We want to hear from all residents and groups in Banff and in the surrounding Bow Valley.

It doesn’t matter if you have never gone to The Fenlands, or if you have gone a lot.

Help spread the word about the engagement process. Invite friends and family, or people in your clubs and associations to this page.

Opportunity for Renewal

Hockey school space – When The Fenlands was built, certain rooms were constructed for specific use by a private hockey school (the Banff Hockey Academy). The hockey school paid the Town for private use of that space. Recently, the hockey school left Banff and that space is now empty. (Note – the ice rinks are separate from the former hockey school space; rinks have always been shared with the public and other organizations.)

In Phase 1 we asked the public if we should look at changing the space to make it available for public uses, or should the Town look for a new private organization to lease/rent the space for exclusive use by the ice sports organization or business. Overall, we heard that the public would like to see this space used for and by the community.

Winter ice sports to remain – Some spaces in The Fenlands were not considered for renewal in Phase 1, including the curling or ice rinks for winter sports and curling lounge. But, the rinks could have different uses in the summer season.

Space limits – We did not seek feedback in Phase 1 on activities that could not be added inside The Fenlands because of the building’s limitations. For example, we can’t add a swimming pool. Also, the Town can’t add extra floors or expand the overall size of the building. The parking area, meadow and surrounding area were also excluded.

New or temporary fieldhouse – Participants were also asked about a variety of options for a potential fieldhouse to inform future planning. Fieldhouses are typically home to indoor sporting events and activities such as soccer, lacrosse, badminton, ultimate frisbee, football and more. Options that you will see in Phase 2 for a fieldhouse will include installation of turf on an arena dry floor in the summer.

Current Layout of The Fenlands

Below is a diagram of The Fenlands as it is now. The area in green, and outlined in red, is the space that the hockey academy had exclusive use of.

How will public input be used?

In Phase 1, input was gathered on activities, programs and spaces that the public likes or would like to see at The Fenlands in the future through an online survey, workshops and focus groups.

In Phase 2, residents and groups will be asked to provide feedback on the design concept options, created from the feedback received in Phase 1.

In the fall, the project team will provide Council with all the public input, the designs and recommendations. Council will make decisions about the future of The Fenlands, which could involve implementing changes in activities.

The Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation has provided us with funding to be able to ask residents and groups about The Fenlands, and to come up with designs for Council to consider for the future.

How to provide input

All engagement opportunities will use the highest standards of health and safety measures to ensure everyone is safe.

Phase 2 Public Input: July 30 – *extended to September 19*

In this second phase of engagement, the project team will present design concepts created from the input gathered in Phase 1. Residents and groups in Banff and the Bow Valley will be asked for feedback on the design concepts, such as:

  • What do you like about each concept
  • What might you like to see changed in each concept

The public can provide feedback by either filling out the online survey below, or by visiting and participating in one of the in-person engagement sessions. In-person session dates and times are as follows:

Note: no registration required. Individual paper copies are also available at the sessions.

Date

Location

Times

Tuesday, August 10

Catharine Robb Whyte Building (101 Bear Street)

5 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 11

Banff Town Hall

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, August 16

The Fenlands

3 – 6 p.m.

Friday, August 20

Banff Town Hall

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Saturday, August 21

Rec Grounds Rundle Cabin (west of the basketball court)

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, August 25

Banff Town Hall

2 – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14The Fenlands4 – 7 p.m.


After receiving feedback, the project team will refine the concept design and present it to Council for consideration. A What We Heard report will be developed to draw links to between what is presented, and the input heard. It will be published on this webpage.

Help Shape the Future of The Fenlands

The Fenlands Future Phase 1 – April 26 to May 26

In May, we asked residents and groups for ideas on how to improve The Fenlands to ensure it provides maximum benefit to our community. We heard from over 400 people what kind of activities, programs and spaces they’d like to see. These ideas have now been designed into concept options.

The Fenlands Future Phase 2 – July 30 to *extended to September 19*

We’re now in Phase II of our public engagement and are looking for input on these new concept options.

Who should provide input?

We want to hear from everyone, whether your participated in Phase I or not. Newcomers to Banff, people who have been here 25 years, community groups, sports teams, non-profit organizations, and everyone else who lives, works, or plays in Banff.

We want to hear from all residents and groups in Banff and in the surrounding Bow Valley.

It doesn’t matter if you have never gone to The Fenlands, or if you have gone a lot.

Help spread the word about the engagement process. Invite friends and family, or people in your clubs and associations to this page.

Opportunity for Renewal

Hockey school space – When The Fenlands was built, certain rooms were constructed for specific use by a private hockey school (the Banff Hockey Academy). The hockey school paid the Town for private use of that space. Recently, the hockey school left Banff and that space is now empty. (Note – the ice rinks are separate from the former hockey school space; rinks have always been shared with the public and other organizations.)

In Phase 1 we asked the public if we should look at changing the space to make it available for public uses, or should the Town look for a new private organization to lease/rent the space for exclusive use by the ice sports organization or business. Overall, we heard that the public would like to see this space used for and by the community.

Winter ice sports to remain – Some spaces in The Fenlands were not considered for renewal in Phase 1, including the curling or ice rinks for winter sports and curling lounge. But, the rinks could have different uses in the summer season.

Space limits – We did not seek feedback in Phase 1 on activities that could not be added inside The Fenlands because of the building’s limitations. For example, we can’t add a swimming pool. Also, the Town can’t add extra floors or expand the overall size of the building. The parking area, meadow and surrounding area were also excluded.

New or temporary fieldhouse – Participants were also asked about a variety of options for a potential fieldhouse to inform future planning. Fieldhouses are typically home to indoor sporting events and activities such as soccer, lacrosse, badminton, ultimate frisbee, football and more. Options that you will see in Phase 2 for a fieldhouse will include installation of turf on an arena dry floor in the summer.

Current Layout of The Fenlands

Below is a diagram of The Fenlands as it is now. The area in green, and outlined in red, is the space that the hockey academy had exclusive use of.

How will public input be used?

In Phase 1, input was gathered on activities, programs and spaces that the public likes or would like to see at The Fenlands in the future through an online survey, workshops and focus groups.

In Phase 2, residents and groups will be asked to provide feedback on the design concept options, created from the feedback received in Phase 1.

In the fall, the project team will provide Council with all the public input, the designs and recommendations. Council will make decisions about the future of The Fenlands, which could involve implementing changes in activities.

The Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation has provided us with funding to be able to ask residents and groups about The Fenlands, and to come up with designs for Council to consider for the future.

How to provide input

All engagement opportunities will use the highest standards of health and safety measures to ensure everyone is safe.

Phase 2 Public Input: July 30 – *extended to September 19*

In this second phase of engagement, the project team will present design concepts created from the input gathered in Phase 1. Residents and groups in Banff and the Bow Valley will be asked for feedback on the design concepts, such as:

  • What do you like about each concept
  • What might you like to see changed in each concept

The public can provide feedback by either filling out the online survey below, or by visiting and participating in one of the in-person engagement sessions. In-person session dates and times are as follows:

Note: no registration required. Individual paper copies are also available at the sessions.

Date

Location

Times

Tuesday, August 10

Catharine Robb Whyte Building (101 Bear Street)

5 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 11

Banff Town Hall

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, August 16

The Fenlands

3 – 6 p.m.

Friday, August 20

Banff Town Hall

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Saturday, August 21

Rec Grounds Rundle Cabin (west of the basketball court)

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, August 25

Banff Town Hall

2 – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14The Fenlands4 – 7 p.m.


After receiving feedback, the project team will refine the concept design and present it to Council for consideration. A What We Heard report will be developed to draw links to between what is presented, and the input heard. It will be published on this webpage.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Public consultation about The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre Renewal is made possible thanks to funding from the Wim & Nancy Pauw Foundation.

    The information you provide is collected by the Town of Banff under the authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and will be used for planning activities and recreation in Banff. All collected personal information will remain confidential and will not be shared with any third parties outside the program. Questions regarding this collection of personal information can be directed to the Manager of Recreation for the Town of Banff at recreation@banff.ca or call 403.762.1213.

    The survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

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