Online recreation registration system coming soon

Registering for recreation programs in the Cowichan Valley is about to get an online upgrade.

As of May 25, the CVRD, Municipality of North Cowichan and the Town of Ladysmith are joining forces to offer RecConnect.ca — a website that will give users a single registration point for all rec programs within the Valley.

“Staff from all three local governments have been working closely on this joint project,” said John Elzinga, the CVRD’s manager of community services. “The development of this regional partnership will bring a recreation system to users that will be easy to use and easy to access, and will better serve residents.”

The system can be accessed on any computer or mobile device and users will be able to register for any number of registered and drop-in classes and programs.

Staff have been doing training on the new system prior to the roll out but hiccups are bound to occur.

“Converging recreation systems across all of our municipalities has been a big feat,” said Don Stewart, North Cowichan’s parks and rec director. “We’re asking residents that use Cowichan recreational facilities to be patient as we make this transition. Give yourself some extra time on May 25 and the days and weeks that follow. Your information will be transferred to the new system, but some users will need to be issued a new membership card that will be connected to the RecConnect system.”

Patrons can search and register for programs at: the Cowichan Aquatic Centre, Fuller Lake Arena, Frank Jameson Community Centre, Island Savings Centre, Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, Kerry Park Recreation Centre, and Shawnigan Lake Community Centre by going to RecConnect.ca

The site goes live May 25.