The Rec Network
The Rec Network is a tool to connect non-profit sport, recreation and culture based service providers in Strathcona County with the public, supporting a community driven approach for a healthy and livable Strathcona County.
The Rec Network events and activities
See what's happening with sport, recreation and culture in your community!
NEW: In response to the changing recreation environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual sport, recreation and culture event and activity submissions will temporarily be accepted. In addition to event information, submissions will contain a text box for hosts to input measures being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 for any in-person events and activities that are operating. All events and activities must follow Alberta Health Services current guidelines.
Fees for the Digital Advertisement bookings have temporarily been reduced to $24.50 to reflect the different usage of our recreation facilities due to COVID-19. Additionally, each group who books a Community Road Sign will receive a free digital ad space on the Rec Network for the same time period as their booking.
The Rec Network guidelines
- Sport, recreation and culture based messages such as registration dates, tournament information, event/program information, sport or community group fund development initiatives (e.g. silent auction, golf tournament), and/or any additional information that Strathcona County deems appropriate are permitted.
- All promotional concepts require approval, must be deemed appropriate for public posting, and not conflict with Strathcona County exclusivity arrangements.
- Non-profit sport, recreation and culture based groups located in Strathcona County.
- If an organization is not based in Strathcona County, but the event or activity occurs in the County and will contribute to local economic development, it may be eligible at the sole discretion of Strathcona County.
- Fund development initiatives (e.g. silent auctions, golf tournaments) must be for the benefit of the organization, not at a team level.
FREE online calendar featured on The Rec Network TV screens at Ardrossan Recreation Complex and Millennium Place and on this webpage.
- Include your next tournament date, registration date or fund development initiative at the organization level (not individual teams).
- Submit your event to The Rec Network FREE listing
- Note: Not intended for regularly scheduled games or practices
- Don't forget to submit your event to the FREE Strathcona County events calendar as well!
Digital advertisement (temporarily reduced to $24.50 for two-week period)
- Do you want to see your group advertised on The Rec Network TV screens at Ardrossan Recreation Complex and Millennium Place? Submit your request for The Rec Network (753.6 KB)
- Please review the usage guidelines below and submit your form and graphic files at least two weeks prior to your requested advertising date.
Community recovery (for organizations)
Supporting change through the COVID-19 pandemic
Recreation plays a significant role in the quality of life for our residents. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing or participating in recreation services comes with new challenges. The Rec Network is a resource to help support organizations in Strathcona County as they work to adhere to the new Alberta Health guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
1. Are there any financial supports for non-profit sport, recreation and culture groups available?Permanent link to Are there any financial supports for non-profit sport, recreation and culture groups available?
- NEW Alberta Stabilize Program - applications remain open until midnight on February 28, 2021
- One-time funding support to rodeos, sports, arts and other venue-based organizations. Funding will enable organizations to maintain their operations to support the live experience sector in Alberta.
- Eligibility. This funding is for:
- an established Alberta-based professional team or non-profit elite amateur league or team with an Alberta-based majority ownership (51% or more)
- non-profit organizations that are the primary organizers of an annual Alberta-based rodeo
- non-profit art organizations that own and/or operate performing and presenting arts venues
- For more information and to determine your eligibility visit the Stability Program website.
- There are a number of federal programs that may benefit sport, recreation, and cultural organizations including , but not limited to:
- Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
- Canadian Emergency Business Account - interest free loans (CEBA)
- Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport organizations.
- Learn more about federal funding programs.
- The provincial government has also committed funding to support small to medium sized businesses and organizations.
- Updates to this program were made following the Dec 8 Provincial announcement.
- Check the webpage to see if you are eligible for support. Applications are open until March 31, 2021.
- Learn more about these provincial funding opportunities.
2. What else should be considered as part of a relaunch and return to operation / activity?Permanent link to What else should be considered as part of a relaunch and return to operation / activity?
Framework for easing restrictions in the Province
The Province announced a four-step approach to easing certain COVID-19 restrictions. Sport, recreation and culture community groups may be able to ease restrictions at different steps depending on their activities.
Find out more information on the framework for easing restrictions.
Step 2 changes - March 1
Step 2 of the Province’s A Path Forward was announced on March 1 and is now in place.
Find out more information about Step 2 changes.
Additional resources for non-profit sport, recreation and culture community groups
1. Government of Alberta - Community Development Unit resourcesPermanent link to Government of Alberta - Community Development Unit resources
- The Government of Alberta Community Development Unit is hosting webinars that may be of value to local non-profit sport, recreation and culture groups.
- Find out more information about upcoming webinars.
Fund development and grants