History

The BCRPA is a not for profit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life in our province. The Association and its extensive network of members, in the parks, recreation, physical activity and culture sector support the development of healthy individuals and communities and sustainable environments and economies.

Since 1958, the BCRPA has provided leadership, training and support, fostering the principles of accessibility and inclusiveness, to help its members meet provincial and local health and physical activity priorities.

Leading the Way - BCRPA's 50th Anniversary Milestone

In celebration of BCRPA's 50th anniversary, a retrospective documentary video was created. Watch them below.

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Click here to watch Part 1 on YouTube.

Click here to watch Part 2 on YouTube.

  

Prior to the development of The Framework for Recreation in Canada, the BCRPA created the first comprehensive strategic plan for the parks, recreation and culture sector in British Columbia, The Way Forward. It represented a momentous historical step in coordinating stakeholders, assets, programs and initiatives to work as a collective body toward a shared vision of a high quality of life for all British Columbians and related common goals. It outlines a definitive action plan that guided us through its proceeding decade toward our goals and was the foundation of the development of operational strategic plans for the Association. 

The Way Forward - A Sectoral Strategic Plan

The Way Forward - A New Vision for the Parks, Recreation and Culture Sector

Strategicplancover   In 2006, the BCRPA commissioned a strategic planning process to assist the parks, recreation and culture sector in understanding and clarifying our expanding role. The resulting plan – The Way Forward – was unanimously adopted by the members at the 2008 BCRPA Annual General meeting in Victoria.

 

The Way Forward was a pioneering document.

As the first comprehensive strategic plan for the parks, recreation and culture sector in British Columbia, it represents a momentous step in coordinating stakeholders, assets, programs and initiatives to work as a collective body toward a shared vision of a high quality of life for all British Columbians and related common goals. It outlines a definitive action plan to guide us toward our goals and is the foundation of the development of operational strategic plans for the Association.

The Way Forward is a superb resource for the sector and includes a number of components that you will find useful for your community or organization.

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