UBC GamePlan – Recreation and Athletics Facilities Public Consultation

GamePlan: UBC’s Recreation and Athletics Facilities Strategy is a 20-year framework to guide UBC’s investments in facilities for recreation, athletics and related research at the Point Grey campus.

Overview

A public engagement process to support the development of a long-term recreation and athletics facilities strategy (UBC GamePlan) took place over two phases between October 2016 and February 2017. Both consultation phases included extensive notification, outreach, and advertising to stakeholders, partners and the campus community of the opportunities to provide input.

The GamePlan process began in late 2015 and concluded on September 21, 2017 when the UBC Board of Governors approved the strategy. Through public engagement, targeted outreach, technical analysis, and financial evaluation, UBC identified four key areas where existing facilities do not meet the campus community’s current or future needs: 1) fitness space 2) gymnasium space 3) aging facilities 4) support facilities. In addition, the process identified significant opportunity for academic synergies with the School of Kinesiology.

GamePlan recommends key facility investments to meet these needs:

  1. Recreation Centre with reimagined (new or renewed) War Memorial Gym within the University Boulevard area
  2. 5,000-seat spectator Thunderbird Stadium with multi-purpose field space
  3. Baseball Stadium to transform UBC’s existing baseball field into a spectator facility

The precise siting, orientation, and layout for a new Thunderbird Stadium will be determined through the upcoming Stadium Neighbourhood Plan process. This process 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 new stadium.

Public consultation

Phase 1: October 3-23, 2016

In the first phase of public consultation, UBC invited the campus community, partners and stakeholders to share their feedback on a series of proposed options through an online survey, four open houses, and through meetings and presentations.

The options presented for input were originally focused around two hubs where athletics facilities already exist – a Recreation Hub, focused on options for War Memorial Gym, and a Spectator Hub, focused on options for Thunderbird Stadium and an Athletics Centre of Excellence. Three options were presented for War Memorial Gym and five options were presented for Thunderbird Stadium and the Centre of Excellence. In addition to seeking input on the options, this phase of engagement also asked for input on six Guiding Principles.

Phase 2: January 21 - February 3, 2017

Following the Phase 1 consultation period in October 2016, UBC Athletics and Campus and Community Planning analyzed the input received and evaluated each individual option against the Guiding Principles. In addition to the public input, financial and technical analysis of the options was taken into consideration.

Based on the evaluation results, the options for War Memorial Gym and Thunderbird Stadium were refined and a shortlist of preferred options was presented to the UBC Board of Governors in December 2016.

From January 21 – February 3, 2017, the shortlisted options, as well as adjusted options based on further technical and financial analysis, were presented for public input.This phase included meetings and presentations to stakeholders and partners as well as two workshops and an online survey. Based on this work, the Hub concept evolved into the GamePlan facility concepts shown below and described in more detail in the GamePlan strategy.

GamePlan Facility Concepts

New Recreation Centre with renewed War Memorial Gym within the University Boulevard area

New Recreation Centre with rebuilt War Memorial Gym within the University Boulevard area

New 5,000-seat spectator Thunderbird Stadium with multi-purpose field space. Final siting orientation, and layout of the new Thunderbird Stadium to be determined through the upcoming Stadium Neighbourhood Plan process

New Baseball Stadium to transform UBC’s existing baseball field into a spectator facility

Next steps

Following Board approval on September 21, 2017, the location, siting, layout of a new Thunderbird Stadium will be determined through the 18-month Stadium Neighbourhood planning process.

The first phase of the Stadium Neighbourhood public consultation process takes place from September 28 to October 22, 2017. The Stadium Neighbourhood process will take approximately 18 months to complete and will involve multiple opportunities for public input.

Specific GamePlan capital projects will go through the standard Executive and Board approval process.

Summary documents

Appendices

Questions?

Please contact Neal Wells, Manager, Communication and Engagement at neal.wells@ubc.ca or 604-822-0473.