Culture, recreation and sports facilities

Rated: Good

Whether as individuals or as part of team, Canadians are making use of culture, recreation and sport infrastructure to stay active and have fun.

Our survey included several types of culture, recreation and sport facilities:

The current state

These assets have a consistent condition across this category. Approximately 30-35% of them are in fair condition or worse, and a large proportion of some facility types are more than 50 years old.

The asset classes in the worst condition (i.e., more than 30% are in fair, poor or very poor condition) include single pad ice arenas, outdoor pools and wading pools, indoor 25-metre pools, indoor curling rinks and tennis courts.

We assessed these assets using a defined scale and their age profile.

This asset category is complicated given the public’s expectations around criteria unrelated to a facility’s physical condition. This includes, for example, revised amenity requirements as demographics shift, and updating facilities for better environmental/energy performance, etc. These are important considerations that are not fully captured in traditional condition assessment data.
  • Sports fields and courts ESL of 25 years.
  • Playgrounds and other park equipment ESL of 10-15 years depending on the equipment, and playground structures 25-50 years depending on material.
  • Asphalt trails and parking lots ESL of 25 years.
  • Buildings and structures ESL of 40 years (before they need some substantial refurbishment).

Culture, recreation and sports facilities by the numbers

Pie chart 1: Overall asset condition – Ice arenas and pools: Very poor – 4%; Poor – 9%; Fair – 19%; Good – 30%; Very good – 28%; Unknown – 10%, Pie chart 2: Overall asset condition – Arts and culture facilities: Very poor – 2%; Poor – 7%; Fair – 16%; Good – 37%; Very good – 30%; Unknown – 8%, Pie chart 3: Overall asset condition – Other facilities: Very poor – 3%; Poor – 7%; Fair – 23%; Good – 37%; Very good – 23%; Unknown – 7%

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