The process of booking a timeslot at any of Niverville’s recreation facilities is about to change. The Town of Niverville will soon launch a brand-new online booking tool that will allow residents, coaches, and managers to view the availability of each facility and more easily book their spots.
Mayor Myron Dyck says this move will remove some of the bottlenecks that make the current call-in system slow and labour-intensive. The online booking tool won’t be limited by town office hours or the number of staff available to take calls.
As well, he notes that the tool should help the town ensure improved scheduling for maintenance staffers who are hired to prepare the fields, ice surfaces, change rooms, and meeting rooms before and after events.
Warren Britton, Niverville’s Recreation Facility Manager, says that the town employed nine full- and part-time maintenance people last year between the Community Resource and Recreation Centre and the Centennial Arena. He anticipates that number to increase as the facilities get more use due to improved booking options.
“We are in growth mode in terms of programs and amenities,” says Mayor Dyck. “Our recreation staff have many great ideas and are busy with providing many opportunities to as many people as possible. Our goal as council for our recreation manager is to keep our facilities, fields, and amenities full.”
Town staff are still undergoing training on using and managing the booking software, but Britton is hopeful that it should be ready to deploy in early August, just prior to the ice going in at the new arena.
Brenda Sawatzky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Niverville Citizen