Recreation and Leisure

Desired Future

The town promotes and supports a healthy and active population and this is reinforced by a community that embraces a balance between work and play. Rossland is a unique destination for year-round outdoor alpine recreation. Residents and visitors of all ages and abilities engage in high quality, diverse recreational opportunities while respecting and protecting the surrounding natural environment. The conservation and sustainable use of green spaces and development and maintenance of an extensive network of multi-use trails connects both people and the community with nature. Accessible, well-maintained playing fields and indoor recreation facilities complement the range of outdoor experiences. The community hosts a number of arts and culture events.

End-State Goals

End-state Goal 1: A healthy and active population is engaged in year-round recreation and leisure.

End-state Goal 2: A world-class network of designated, connected, accessible, and well-maintained trails exists throughout the community.

End-state Goal 3: Publicly accessible green spaces are well-distributed within the community, and allow residents and visitors of all ages to interact with nature and to experience the splendour of the mountain environment in different seasons.

End-state Goal 4: Red Mountain Resort, Redstone Alpine Golf Resort and other developments, provide opportunities for people to live, work, and play.

End-state Goal 5: Indoor and outdoor recreation and leisure facilities are located within the community, are well-maintained, family-friendly, and meet the needs of residents and visitors alike.

 

Length and Location of Trails (RL-1)

What are we measuring?

Inventory of maintained trails by surface type and activity

Why are we measuring it?

This indicator is directly linked to End-state Goal #2: A world-class network of designated, connected, accessible and well-maintained trails exists throughout the community. Rossland’s trail network has been identified as playing a fundamental role in Rossland residents’ quality of life and community economic development. This indicator is repeated in Transportation (T-3) as it relates directly to the End-state Goals for that Focus Area.

How are we doing?

Rossland currently has only baseline data for this indicator. In future iterations of this report, we will be able to report trends in this indicator as a baseline has been established. There are a total of 33.88 km of trails within the City limits. These trails are maintained by both the City of Rossland and the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS). The majority of these trails are KCTS trails.  However in 2009 and 2010 the City constructed three new trails - Centre Star Gulch, Little Nugget (also known as the Museum Trail) and Louie Joe (also known as Trail Creek Trail) bringing the total of City owned trails to 2.1 km. All of these trails are designated for multi-purpose, non motorized use and are unpaved.  The total length of KCTS trails outside the City boundary is 74.59 km.  Thus the total length of trails in the Rossland area (KCTS and City owned) is 108.47 km.

Without the necessary data to report trends, it is not possible to say if Rossland is moving toward its Vision for 2030. However the City has recently completed an Active Transport Plan that identifies opportunities to improve Rossland’s active transport infrastructure including paths and trails. The plan lists 45 trails within the city limits that could be developed.  This indicator will help to track the implementation of this plan. The City has also been working with KCTS to inventory local trails.

 

Length of trails in and around Rossland

Type of Trail

Length

KCTS trails completely within City bound    ary

13.55 km

Portions of KCTS trails within City boundary        

18.23 km

City owned trails within the City boundary

2.1 km

Total trails within City boundary

33.88 km    

KCTS trails in Rossland area outside City boundary

74.59 km

Total KCTS trails in Rossland area (inside and outside of City boundary)

106.37 km

TOTAL trails in Rossland area (inside and outside City boundary)

108.47 km

 

Data Sources

City of Rossland

Recreation Programs (RL-2)

What are we measuring?

Number of Rossland Recreation programs offered, number of participants and the percent of programs with zero enrollment.

Why are we measuring it?

This indicator reflects End-state Goal #1 which sets a goal of having a healthy and active population engaged in year-round recreation and leisure.

How are we doing?

Rossland currently has only baseline data available for this indicator for December 2009 to March 2010 (Winter Programs 2009/2010).  In future iterations of this report, we will be able to report trends in this indicator as a baseline has been established. Without the necessary data to report trends, it is not possible to say if Rossland is moving toward its Vision for 2030. In total, 45 programs for a variety of age groups were offered in the Rossland Recreation Winter 2009/2010 with a total enrollment of 351 people. Of the programs offered, 27% had zero enrollment and had to be cancelled.

Although Seniors appear to be underrepresented, it should be noted that they do participate in classes targeted at Adults in general.  Seniors may also more likely to participate in drop in classes rather than regularly scheduled classes.  Programming offered for Children and Preschoolers is well-subscribed. Rossland Recreation is currently implementing an enhanced communication plan and actively pursuing new programs to bring to the community. They are also developing community partnerships with private enterprises to establish regional recreation. 

 

Age Group

Number of Programs Offered

Number of Spaces Occupied*

Percent Programs with Zero Enrollment

Family

5

26

40%

Preschool (0-5)

1

55

0%

Children (5-12)

11

84

18%

Youth (12-17)

3

9

33%

Adult (18+)

25

177

24%

TOTAL

45

351

27%

Number of Rossland Recreation programs and participation rates by age group for December 2009 - March 2010 (Winter Programs 2009/2010)

*Potential errors associated with weekly estimates for drop in classes.

 

Physical Activity Participation Levels (RL-3)

Most Popular Physical Activities in Rossland in 2011

What are we measuring?

The proportion of residents reporting participation in physical recreational activities more than three times a week for 30 minutes or more throughout the year and the types of physical recreation activities they are participating in.

Why are we measuring it?

Physical activity has a wide range of health benefits, and this indicator reflects End-state Goal #1, which sets a goal of having a healthy and active population engaged in year-round recreation and leisure.

How are we doing?

Walking for exercise, skiing and snowboarding, gardening and yardwork, cross country skiing and biking topped the list of physical activities that Rossland residents engage in.  The types of activities engaged in did vary a little bit by gender, with women being more inclined to walk, garden, cross-country ski, swim, run, do home exercises and exercise classes, while men are more inclined to ski and snowboard, bike and golf.

Many activities are stable across age categories, but skiing and snowboarding, biking, swimming and running tend to decrease with age, while walking and golfing increase.

Rossland residents on the whole are very active with 92% of Rosslanders in all age categories engaging in 30 minutes or more of physical activity at least 3 days a week, while 60% engage in 30 minutes or more of physical activity at least 5 days a week and 29% engage in 60 minutes or more of physical activity physical activity at least 5 days a week.

 

Duration of Exercise

1 to 2 days/week

   3 to 4 days/week

   5 to 7 days/week

3 or more days/week

30 minutes or more

6%

32%

60%

92%

60 minutes or more

18%

24%

29%

53%

Percent of individuals engaging in 30 to 60 minutes or more of physical activity by days of the week in 2011

Frequency and Duration of Exercise by Age Group in 2011

Exercise duration and frequency is remarkably stable across age groups and genders in Rossland. Men and women in all age categories seem to exercise the same amount each week.  Men are slightly more likely to exercise for more than 60 minutes 5 to 7 days a week, whereas men and women are equally likely to exercise for more than 30 minutes at least three or more days a week.  Differences in the duration and frequency of exercise are most noticeable in the 45 to 54 age group in which more men exercise for a longer duration than women.

Exercise frequency and duration appears to decrease slightly as both men and women reach the 35 to 44 age category, when it appears that many individuals reduce the number of days per week that they exercise, but not the duration, and then increases again once they reach the 55 to 64 age category although it never quite reaches the same frequency and duration as in those under age 34.

Data Sources  

State of Rossland Survey