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Recreation & Culture Facilities Plan

This page was last reviewed on January 12, 2024.

The Village of Cumberland’s Recreation, Arts and Culture (RAC) planning process, begun in 2022, has been re-scoped and re-launched in 2024 as the Recreation & Culture Facilities Plan. The goal of the plan’s new scope is to focus on Recreation & Culture facilities, and the Village will explore other aspects of the program and service delivery in a future planning process. By the end of 2024 we hope to have better identified the types of indoor and outdoor spaces in demand by the community so as to inform future decision making with respect to recreation and culture facilities and infrastructure.

Engagement Opportunities | Objectives | Scope

Project Team | Project Schedule

Engagement Opportunities

Engagement took place in 2022 and future opportunities may exist for stakeholders to provide input in the process. Currently, no opportunities for engagement have been identified.

An interim report of the Recreation, Arts & Culture Plan (former scope) was prepared on May 25, 2022 and presented at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, May 30 at 2pm. View a saved recording of this meeting on the Village of Cumberland YouTube channel (the report presentation and discussion begins at 43:46).

Past engagements

Online Survey: We held an online survey to facilitate the community’s involvement in the plan. The survey was open until April 11, 2022, and its insights are helping shape further consultation and engagements. A summary of survey results can be found in the May 25 interim report.

Stakeholder engagement: Engagement with key Project stakeholders and focus groups took place during the first half of March. The Project team engaged with a wide variety of community organizations, including local businesses and nonprofits actively engaged in the sector, regional partners such as SD71 and the CVRD, and Village staff and Council.

Public Engagement Event #1: Our first engagement and project kick-off event was held on March 16 at the Cumberland Cultural Centre, where the community was given a chance to share their thoughts on Cumberland’s current recreation, arts and culture service delivery as well as their vision for the future.


The Recreation & Culture Facilities Plan will provide a strategy for addressing municipal recreation and culture infrastructure assets, including recommendations on the renewal, renovation, and/or replacement of the Recreation Centre, Cultural Centre, and related facilities that support the delivery of recreation and cultural programming in the Village of Cumberland.


Over the short term, the Recreation & Culture Facilities Plan will consider minor renovations and/or upgrades that are deemed to be cost-effective and appropriate over the anticipated lifespan of current facilities and that would enhance service delivery. More long-range deliverables will include conceptual options for future facility development, as well as approximate and comparative costing.

Aspects beyond the scope of this project include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Arts and Culture Strategy
  • Village Park Master Plan – to be updated 2025
  • Parks and Greenways Strategic Plan
  • Lake Park Master Plan
  • Cumberland Community Forest Management Plan

Project Team

The Recreation & Culture Facilities Plan is being led internally by the Village’s Parks & Recreation department, guided by subject-matter experts. The Project is directed by the Manager of Parks and Recreation with support from the Recreation and Culture Supervisor; Parks, Trails and Lands Supervisor; and others.

Following a Request for Proposal Process in Fall 2021, The Village awarded the project contract to hcma in partnership with GDH Solutions (GDH). The hcma/GDH team provides extensive knowledge and experience in community and facility planning and strong understanding of the Project’s goals/needs.

Project Schedule

The Project is anticipated to be complete in late 2024. Specific project milestones include:

  • Project start up, background report review and inventory of existing conditions: December 2021 to February 2022 – Completed
  • Public and Stakeholder/Rightsholder Outreach and Consultation: March – Nov 2022 – Completed
  • Project re-scope: January 2024
  • Plan Development and Conceptual Facility Design: summer 2024
  • Presentation of final report to Council: late 2024
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