The framework for recreation in Canada 2015, pathways to wellbeing: implementation factors in Alberta municipalities

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University of New Brunswick


The purpose of this study was to explore how Alberta municipalities have implemented the goals and priorities from the Framework for Recreation as a means of understanding the impact of the document. A multi-site case study methodology was utilized among Alberta municipalities distinguished through their municipal classification. Eleven semi-structured interviews were conducted with recreation and park professionals and recreation plans were collected as secondary sources. Ten sub-themes emerged, which were grouped into three categories of content, impact and influence. The Framework for Recreation contributed to implementation through the content (goals) being integrated into initiatives, impact of the Framework for Recreation by staff through implementation in their recreation master plans, and finally influence of the Framework for Recreation by the perceived value placed in implementation efforts. Results show that the Framework for Recreation has had a positive impact on municipal recreation in Alberta through implementation efforts.