Council received a briefing on the Get Out Program, which encourages young Banffites and their families to be active throughout the year. The program originally started as a pilot project in 2011, and now runs Friday nights at the high school gym for students in Grades 7-10 and has expanded to Sunday afternoons for families with kids in Grades 1-12. The Friday night program averages 43 students per week, while the Sunday afternoon program sees an average of 19 people a week.
A briefing on the success of the family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration at the high school rink was presented to council. Over 500 people attended the December 31 skating party, 20% of them Banffites. The event was a pilot project with funding for just one year. Partnerships will be sought from other organizations to seek funding for the next New Year’s Eve celebration.
Council received an update on the progress made on the recommendations from the 2014 Banff Community Social Assessment. The social assessment is a guide for municipal social planning and program development in Banff. Actions were taken in several areas in 2014, like enhancing awareness of programs and services, enhancing community connections, and addressing affordability issues. Council will be updated on the progress of the social assessment annually.
Council was informed changes have been made to Parks Canada’s appointments to the Municipal Planning Commission and Development Appeal Board. Sylvanna Heggmann will now sit on the Municipal Planning Commission and Sheila Luey will sit on the Development Appeal Board.