Revenue is up and the head counts at facilities and for programs and services are in some cases back to pre-COVID levels.
That was the gist of a report from Recreation Manager Richard Gauthier that was presented at last (Tuesday) night’s North Cariboo Joint Advisory Committee meeting in Quesnel.
The numbers were from the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year and back in 2019.
“We are currently sitting at 455 thousand compared to last year at 404. In 2019 we were at 476, so we are a little slightly under but we’re trending the right way which is very positive.”
Gauthier said there was a notable increase in arena revenue compared to last year.
He also talked about how specific programs were doing.
“Pool users exceeds 2022 data and are exceeding 2019 pre-COVID stats. Weight room and fitness users also currently exceed 2022 stats, however have not quite yet bounced back to pre-COVID stats in 2019. Recreation and aquatic programming are also trending positively.”
Gauthier also noted that they were at full capacity for their spring break camps and looking ahead, he said some of their future programs are almost full.
“Imagination Park Summer Parks Programs are 90 percent full at this point already with 461 kids registered out of 510 available spots, and then with that we’ll have 12 additional youth programs available for July and August for up to 275 youth.”
Gauthier said other positive steps have been the return of School District 28 swim lessons, and a request to partner again with local RCMP for a kids camp.