FORT ST. JOHN -- After complaints about the overgrown tennis court and recreational activities in Fort St. John, the city of Fort St. John city council is hosting an engagement session to hear more information.

According to the city, they want to hear from residents about their ice rinks, outdoor and indoor public facilities as well as arts and culture spaces. They’re hosting the in-person engagement sessions with MNP, who were awarded the contract to conduct the review.

The event will be held at the Pomeroy Sport Centre on November 6. There will be multiple engagement sessions between 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Residents should RSVP by Sunday by calling (250) 785-3033.

The city’s communication manager says it’s vital for residents to provide their input. The feedback will help determine future service levels and pricing.

It helps to inform the service delivery review on community services to update fees and make any changes based on the recommendations. It aims to change the level of service needed based on financial and resident feedback.

The survey asks questions about the service and costs, such as: Does the municipality need to provide this service/business? What do citizens expect of the service and what outcomes does Council want for the service? Are there areas that require new or enhanced service? What are the full costs and benefits of the service? What are the alternative ways of delivering the service?

The final plan for any changes will be released in a report in early 2024. But before it is released, city staff will hold public sessions on their community services and collect data from the survey.

Residents can also complete the online survey here: