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An expanded recreation fee subsidy program, to take effect this fall, will help more Richmond residents access programs and services.
Those experiencing financial hardship are invited to apply for financial support to participate in a variety of registered and drop-in programs and services offered at local community centres, arenas, Richmond Nature Park and heritage facilities.
“We are confident that the updated recreation fee subsidy program will help to remove financial barriers and provide more opportunities for Richmond residents of all ages to access Richmond’s excellent system of programs, services and public spaces.” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It is important that all residents are able to participate fully in community life and participate in activities that help support their mental, emotional and social well-being regardless of their financial situation.”
Through the updated program, participants will be eligible for:
• Free admission for all ages to drop-in programs and services (including swimming, skating, pitch and putt and at one community centre of their choice)
• 90 per cent discount for registered program, to a maximum of $300 per year in subsidy for preschoolers, children and youth and a maximum of $100 per year in subsidy for adults and seniors
A new application form is available at any community recreation and cultural facility as well as city hall, or may be downloaded. Free admissions to swimming, skating, pitch and putt and at one community centre of the applicant’s choice will be available as of Sept. 4, 2018.
Since its inception in 2000, the recreation fee subsidy program, which is supported by the city and community associations and societies, has provided subsidized access to parks, recreation and cultural services to children and youth from low income families living in Richmond. The program complements other low-cost or no-cost programs and services such as the Grade 5 Active! Pass; summer park playground opportunities; Parent Tot, Family, and Youth Drop-in Gyms; Art Truck programs; NightShift activities; and Library services.