This fall the Town of Comox is assessing the outdoor recreational needs of youth, via a community-wide survey, as well as a survey targeted specifically for youth. Laura Weston/Town of Comox

This fall the Town of Comox is assessing the outdoor recreational needs of youth, via a community-wide survey, as well as a survey targeted specifically for youth. Laura Weston/Town of Comox

Town of Comox reaching out to youth for assessment of outdoor recreational needs

The Comox Community Centre needs to hear from Comox families and youth between 12 – 18 years old.

This fall the Town of Comox is assessing the outdoor recreational needs of youth.

What do you love about recreating in Comox?

How can outdoor recreation options be better?

Your opinion matters!

“It is important for the Town of Comox to carefully address and plan for recreational needs that serve youth,” said Mayor Russ Arnott. “We know that youth in particular need recreation options within walking or cycling distance from where they live. We’re particularly interested in hearing from youth who don’t participate in traditional local sport models.” Arnott emphasizes that youth-friendly planning benefits all residents and contributes to achieving other sustainable goals, particularly those in the social realm related to enhancing equity, accessibility and livability.

The local project team of Jan Sandholm and Michele Sirett are reaching out to youth aged 12–18 to get involved in leadership roles as well as provide their ideas and opinions about outdoor recreation in Comox. This is a great opportunity for youth with an interest in outdoor recreation to actively make a difference in the community. The contributions of youth to the project facilitates decision-making opportunities for youth and young adults.

The engagement efforts will include a community-wide survey, as well as a survey targeted specifically for youth. Small- to medium-sized focused group sessions will be scheduled throughout the month of October. Focused conversations are designed to motivate open interaction and input from participants. Families and interested residents of Comox are encouraged to participate.

Watch the Town of Comox website at comox.ca for opportunities to engage in the Youth Needs Assessment survey and planned focus group activities this fall. The process and results will be shared on the website, Twitter @comoxrec, Facebook facebook.com/comoxrec and Instagram instagram.com/comoxcommunitycentre. Want to be contacted directly? Send

an e-mail to youthrec@comox.ca.

For more information contact Ted Hagmeier, recreation director, at thagmeier@comox.ca or 250-339-2255.

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