Revenue rebounding at Vernon recreation services despite pandemic hit

Recreation on the rebound

The pandemic continues to have an impact on recreation services in Vernon – but revenue is rebounding.

A report prepared for city council reveals fourth quarter revenues were 81% of the last "normal" fourth quarter, pre-COVID, in 2019.

"This positive upward trend can be attributed to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, allowing adult and youth competition and game play to occur as well as events being able to be held at 50% capacity to fully vaccinated individuals," the report states.

To date, overall recreation revenues for 2021, are 77.5% of those in 2019.

The fourth quarter saw the continuation of the phased-in BC Restart Plan and the rollout of vaccine passports.

The Vernon rec centre had initially closed 21 months earlier, at the beginning of the provincial state of emergency.

"ln the fourth quarter of 2021, recreation services was able to offer programs and services that were at or near capacity, and facilities were being utilized as much as they possibly could be within provincial health orders and WorkSafe BC direction," the report continues.

The numbers exceed projections in November 2020 that anticipated only 50% of normal revenues during extended public health measures.

Rec services saw total revenue of $698,264 for the quarter, up from $431,952 for the same quarter in 2020.

The easing of restrictions on events and gatherings allowed for bookings and rentals to return to near normal numbers. ln the fourth quarter, 8,076 individual bookings were received.

The Creekside Conference Centre at the Vernon Recreation Centre continues to be utilized by lnterior Health as a vaccination clinic site.

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