Hampton Regional Leisure Services Development Project
PROPOSED HAMPTON REGIONAL MULTIPURPOSE FACILITY
Hampton Regional Leisure Services Committee
The Hampton Regional Lesiure Services Committee consists of representatives from the Local Service Districts of Hampton, Kingston, Norton, Springfield, Upham and the Town of Hampton. The committee would lilke to thank everyone who participated in the public meetings, focus group consultations, and the various surveys as we investigated the possibilities of leisure services in our region. The final report from the three year pilot project can be viewed here.
Since the pilot project is finished, our next chapter is to move forward with six main objectives for our region: collaboration; cooperation; awareness; infrastructure and capacity building. The committee will work collaboratively to identify strengths and opportunities that will enhance leisure services in our area. They are mandated to provide support and cooperation between organizations, families and individuals in the greater Hampton region. They will continually advance the promotion of programs, events, services and facilities offered to our residents. The committee also seeks to improve the infrastructure of the region as well as increase the capacity in delivery of leisure services.
Residents are encouraged to view information about sport, recreation, culture and leisure actitvies in our region on our Facebook Page: Hampton Regional Services Committee.
In 2011, the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport was looking for a municipality to partner with to investigate the process of regionalization of leisure services. So, in November of that year, the Town of Hampton, the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, the Department of Environment and Local Government and the Local Service Districts of Hampton, Kingston, Norton, Springfield and Upham began a three year project by creating the Greater Hampton Leisure Services Development Committee.
Community of Interest
At the beginning of the project there were lengthy discussions to identify the community of interest, that is, where do the people who use Hampton’s leisure services come from? We know that service use patterns are not reflective of political boundaries and we wanted to make sure no one was left out. Since that the Hampton Arena draws users from a wide area, place of residence information from the major user groups of the Hampton Arena provided the criteria used. The entire LSDs of Hampton and Upham were included. The village of Norton was excluded from Norton LSD and the upper portion of Springfield LSD was excluded as it was determined residents from these areas tend to travel to Sussex for their ice activities. Likewise, the lower end of the Kingston Peninsula was excluded as residents took the ferries to Grand Bay-Westfield, Saint John, Quispamsis or Rothesay rather than drive to Hampton.
These boundaries were determined before the province announced the boundaries for the Regional Service Commissions. The committee felt that RSC 8 was too vast an area for the consideration of the delivery of leisure services so has remained focused on the greater Hampton region as originally described.
Data collection was a big part of the early stage of the project. Asset mapping for each LSD and the Town identifies recreation and leisure infrastructure (ball fields, community halls, trails, parks, playgrounds, etc.), community programs and institutions, community associations and recreation and leisure leaders in the community. Click here to see the asset maps (as of October 2014) for the LSDs of Hampton, Kingston, Norton, Springfield and Upham and the Town of Hampton.
Inter Community Communication
Communication methods have been identified as a major roadblock for the work of the project. There are no established or recognized standard methods of communication with residents in any of the communities. We have used the websites of the Central Kings Recreation Center (Upham), the Nauwigewauk Community Club, and the Town of Hampton and various organizations’ email lists to send out information but it is one way communication. If residents are going to work collaboratively within the region, they will need to be able to make contact with like-minded people in other communities.
Regional Multipurpose Facility
The Hampton Arena has been serving the residents of the Town and surrounding area since 1977. It is due for some very expensive repairs and perhaps should be replaced altogether. There is demand for more ice time than can be provided at the times needed and there is not enough locker room space or spectator space in the existing arena.
After a study was done in 2009, the Town considered building a multipurpose facility with an indoor ice surface on land the Town owns on William Bell Drive. Recent changes in the Municipalities Act, however, prompted the Town to consult with residents in neighbouring communities to determine if there is interest in making the facility a regional one and, if so, what would they like to have in it. Surveys and public meetings gathered feedback from the region. Several people expressed interest in having the facility built at the same location as the Hampton Arena. This option is currently being investigated. ampr
The Hampton Regional Leisure Services Committee
At their June 2014 meeting, the members of the Greater Hampton Leisure Services Development Committee decided to change the committee’s name to “Hampton Regional Leisure Services Committee”.
Mayor Ken Chorley, Councillor Robert Doucet, Town CAO Richard Malone and Leisure Services Director Gena Fowler represent the Town of Hampton
Al Walker and Pam McKenzie represent the Hampton Local Service District
Steve Gourdeau and Gig Kierstead represents the Kingston LSD
Gillian Urquhart represents the Norton LSD
Karin Boye and Keri Fortune represent Upham LSD
Lynn Ann Duffley respresents the Springfield LSD
Associate members are Greg Evans, consultant with the Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities and Terry Keating local manager of LSDs, Department of Environment and Local Government