Recreation Facility and Library Attendance measures visits per capita at City of Edmonton recreation facilities and libraries. Attendance numbers are collected on a daily basis by each individual recreation facility and library. The results are then combined to produce one annual total. Non-paying visitors who use these facilities as community hubs (e.g., to have coffee or socialize during a sports match) are not included in the attendance count. Survey methodology and the demographic results are provided in the Appendix.
This measure is important because it shows that people are utilizing facilities for a myriad of purposes. Either through active recreation, like fitness or sports activities, or through passive recreation, like reading and knowledge expansion, citizens are increasing their health and wellness when they participate in the City’s facilities, services and programs. Attendance should increase as a result of programming needs being met.
Data sources: City of Edmonton: Community Recreation Facilities and Public Libraries. Population information is from Statistics Canada, Municipal Census and the City of Edmonton Chief Economist estimates. Included Library attendance data is estimated.
Note: The 2011 results are not shown as the methodology to calculate library attendance was not comparable to that used from 2012 - 2015.