Public Consultation Summary

From October 3 – 23, 2016, we asked for input from the campus community on the future of recreation and athletics facilities on the Vancouver campus.

What we heard from the survey, submissions and conversations

Throughout this process, in addition to broadly engaging the public, the planning team has been meeting one on one with key stakeholders, partners, individuals and other groups, and this input in combination with technical and financial analysis has helped guide the shortlist of options and Board of Governors recommendations. 

War Memorial Gym

  • Strong support for a full rebuild 
  • Promotes health and wellbeing; Embraces UBC history; Fosters Varsity Excellence 

Thunderbird Stadium

  • Strong support for keeping it within the existing neighbourhood if it can meet athletics program needs 
  • Embraces UBC history; Fosters Varsity Excellence; Has a sound business case; Promotes health and wellbeing 
  • There were strong concerns from researchers regarding Option 4 (Osborne) due to noise and vibration, and strong concerns from Hampton and Hawthorne residents regarding Options 3 (Track) and 4 (Osborne) due to noise, traffic, and livability 

Notification and Events

 Public consultation ran from October 3 – 23, 2016 at

  • 3 weeks of online consultation 
  • 4 public open houses 
  • Direct mail to residents, email, websites, social media, video, paid advertising, outdoor signs, ad spaces, e-newsletters (AMS, UNA, C+CP), digital signage, posters 
  • Stakeholder meetings (Faculty Association, UNA Board, UEL CAC, Life Sciences, local MLA, GSS + others) 
  • Internal communicators toolkit, stakeholder emails (100+) 
  • 15 information booths and events (Day of the Longboat, Homecoming, Imagine) 


  • 8,200 unique page views to the website project pages 
  • 4,200 views of the videos 
  • 200+ attendees at the public open houses (more including information booths) 
  • 2,231 respondents clicked through to the survey, 1,922 answered at least one question 
  • More than 50 email/letter submissions 
  • 3 neighbourhood petitions in opposition to Option 3