Community Needs Assessment & Asset Mapping with Acadia Park Residentsâ€‰ As part of an aim to provide a complete community to all on-campus residents, in 2011, UBC Campus and Community Planning and Student Housing and Hospitality Services contracted BC Healthy Communities to conduct a community needs assessment and community mapping at Acadia Park. The goal of the project was to assist UBC in better meeting the needs of student families by identifying community assets as well as any potential gaps in programs and services available to Acadia Park residents. Methodology BCHC (BC Healthy Communities) collected feedback and developed recommendations through surveys, interviews, and community asset mapping with Acadia Park staff and residents in addition to undertaking a thorough inventory and benchmarking of existing programs and services against those offered by the City of Vancouver.
Report Findings The assessment showed that Acadia Park residents are generally pleased with the range and quality of community programming and services offered by SHHS and C+CP and these are comparable when benchmarked against the City of Vancouver. The following are recommendations made in the report, based on an inventory of programs and services and feedback from staff and residents. Several recommendations that emerged from the report have already been completed or are currently in progress.
Acadia Park Participation Rates for Programs and Services Offered by Student Housing and Hospitality Services 59% Community Events 28% Family Programs 28% Parent and Infant Programs 23% Childrenâ€™s Programs
45% PARTICIPATE OCCASIONALLY 36% PARTICIPATE 1-3 TIMES PER WEEK
UTown@UBC KidsFit, UTown@UBC Youth Bike Club, UTown@UBC Community Grants Program, UTown@UBC LEAP Youth Leadership Program
of respondents use programs and services offered by Campus & Community Planning, including:
48% of respondents use the Community Service Card. The most commonly accessed facilities include the Vancouver Public Library and UBC Aquatic Centre, UBC Libraries and UBC Botanical Gardens
indicated they do not currently have a Community Service Card but would like one Reasons for not utilizing the Community Services Card included, not having a card, not being aware of programs and services available, lack of information about the card or a lack of time overall.
UBC Activities & Facilities most accessed by Acadia Park families UBC Aquatic Centre
Thunderbird Ice Rink & Arena
Museum of Anthropology UBC Botanical Gardens
Beaty Biodiversity Museum Sports Fields
Green spaces (parks)
Old Barn Community Centre Nitobe Gardens
Programs and Services offered by Campus & Community Planning Assessment Recommendations
Response to Proposed Recommendations
Current Status of Recommendations*
Additional facilities: Skate park
UBC and the UNA are building Canadaâ€™s first on-campus skate park
Recommendation in-progress; designs have been approved and construction is expected to begin late November. See planning.ubc.ca/skatepark for more information
Explore opportunities to leverage the assets of individual residents for ongoing community building
UTown@UBC Community Grants continue to offer valuable funding for community-building initiatives. Applications are available in the Fall, Winter and Spring
Recommendation in progress; seven Community Grants were awarded in November, 2012 to UTown@UBC residents, including those living in Acadia Park
Support increased child-minding options
UBC will continue to support child-minding options through the UTown@UBC Community Grants program
Recommendation in progress; the UBC Babysitting Co-op has previously been funded by UTown@UBC Community Grants
Increase outdoor meeting places
Outdoor benches and a seating wall have been incorporated into landscape plans for East Campus Park
Recommendation in progress; anticipated completion for East Campus Park is mid-December
More adult-oriented programming
Acadia Park Community Assistants have been planning more adult-oriented activities. Activities such as karaoke, tai chi and yoga are regularly programmed and further activities such as a wine and cheese event are being explored
Recommendation in progress
Upgrade equipment and facilities where necessary
The Acadia Park exercise room, which was cited as requiring upgrades, was recently renovated. A new playground has also been installed.
Recommendation in progress
Eliminate financial barrier to participation by exploring a needs-based access card similar to the City of Vancouver Leisure Access Card
UBC assessed the viability of a similar program and deemed it unfeasible due to high administrative burden and privacy issues. However, UBC athletics is offering reduced rates for Community Service Card holders as of November 15th, 2012.
Recommendation complete; all campus residents possessing a Community Services Card will now pay a lower entrance fee. Acadia Park residents will not see an increase in their per capita recreation fees.
Offer more opportunities for youth engagement
UBC and the UNA are exploring the possibility of a joint Youth Coordinator to provide programming for both Acadia Park and UNA youth
Recommendation for action; this possibility will be further discussed between UBC and the UNA to assess the needs and requirements of each community
Enhance communication about the UTown@UBC Community Services Card
A communication plan for the Community Services Card is in development to better promote the free and reduced-cost access to facilities and amenities provided through the program
Recommendation for action; a communication plan is in progress with plans to launch in early 2013.
Develop a more comprehensive approach to supporting arts and culture on campus for residents
UBC will continue to support arts and culture through UTown@UBC Community Grants and will explore adult-oriented arts and culture events such as a â€œnight at the theatre.â€? Advocating for a community-owned art project to bring together the diverse campus community is also being considered.
Recommendation for action; an arts and culture calendar is being developed to make arts and culture more accessible to residents. A community art project will also be explored.
*as of November 2012
Accessibility of Activities and Facilities available to Acadia
of respondents find activities and facilities offered to Acadia Park residents on campus to be accessible (affordable, available, accepting of all ages, accessible for persons with disabilities) to all of their family members.
use Acadia Park facilities more than once per week
Acadia Park Facilities
Only 2% have never used facilities at Acadia Park
The most utilized facilities include: Outdoor Playgrounds 70% Beanery Coffee Shop 54% Commonsblock Activity Room 51% Commonsblock Lounge Area 45% Exercise Room 41% Sports Field 39%
Community Assets Identified by Acadia Park Residents Children, who are seen as â€œbridgersâ€? within the community. Greenspace and proximity to nature. Friendliness and safety. Community Design: pedestrian-friendly, car-free. Community Programs; Facilities: Both indoor and outdoor facilities. Cultural Diversity: Acadia Park offers a very multicultural environment. Community Members: individual skills and talents
of community members.
To view the full report, please visit our website at: planning.ubc.ca/acadiaparkreport For more information, please contact: Katy Short, Manager, Community & Stakeholder Relations, Campus and Community Planning Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 604-822-9318 Fax: 604-822-6119 Twitter: @UTownUBC