To provide high-quality recreation and sports experiences for students, faculty, staff and neighbourhood residents, UBC is developing a long-range recreation and athletics facilities strategy (UBC GamePlan) that will guide future investments in athletics facilities on campus.
The purpose of the strategy is to meet a growing need for recreational fitness and gymnasium space on campus, as well as address aging athletics facilities, like War Memorial Gym and Thunderbird Stadium. It also supports UBC’s commitment to wellbeing and creating happier, healthier and more sustainable communities at UBC. Find out more about UBC's commitment to wellbeing here.
As part of this strategy, we sought feedback from the campus community on proposed recreation and athletics facilities options during two phases of public consultation.
In April 2017, UBC’s Board of Governors approved in principle GamePlan: UBC’s Athletics and Recreation Facilities Strategy. The GamePlan strategy includes a number of proposals for meeting the needs of the UBC community that were identified through the planning and consultation process. These proposals include a new recreation fitness centre and reimagined War Memorial Gym (either renewed or rebuilt) combined with new academic space in the University Boulevard area, an expanded baseball stadium, and a rebuilt Thunderbird Stadium. GamePlan also recommends that the precise siting, orientation, and layout for the rebuilt Thunderbird Stadium be determined through the upcoming Stadium Road Neighbourhood Plan process. The process to develop this Neighbourhood Plan will engage the community on all aspects related to the future neighbourhood including housing, roads, circulation, parking, amenities, open space, in addition to the future siting and layout of the rebuilt Thunderbird Stadium.
An exploration of funding options for realizing GamePlan projects, in conjunction with UBC’s capital planning process, will be submitted to the Board of Governors in September 2017.
This submission will also include the consultation summary report for Phase 1 and Phase 2, and a high-level scope of the Stadium Road Neighbourhood Plan process, which is expected to begin in the fall of 2017. The Stadium Road process will take approximately 18 months to complete and will involve significant opportunity for public input.
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