Concert Series, Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza, inclusive playground, Snow Zone and Family Après recognized
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW)’s Whistler Presents program was awarded the British Columbia Parks and Recreation Association (BCRPA) 2016 Provincial Program Excellence Award for communities of under 15,000. The award was presented on April 29 at the BCRPA symposium in Whistler.
Included in the recognition was the Whistler Presents: Outdoor Concert Series, Whistler Olympic Plaza’s skating rink, the inclusive playground as well as the wintertime Snow Zone, for tobogganing, and Family Après, which offers family activities and entertainment.
“The Resort Municipality of Whistler is honoured to receive this BCRPA Provincial Program Excellence Award. The award is a testament to the investment we’ve made in programming for visitors and residents, and also to the success of RMI fund investment from the Province of British Columbia,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
The BCRPA Provincial Program Excellence Award considered a number of factors, including creativity, customer service, the program’s contribution to the social, intellectual and physical life, the community’s social goals and quality of life, as well as community engagement and involvement. And the awards recognize outstanding programs, facilities and professionals in the recreation, parks and cultural services sector.
The RMOW’s Whistler Presents Concert Series, the skating rink for Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza and Family Après are funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI). These RMI funds invest in programs and projects to build tourism throughout B.C. and the amount of funding is based on accommodation business generated in the previous calendar year, subject to approval by the Province.
About the FE&A program
Celebration is an essential component of Whistler’s culture. This was highlighted during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games when Whistler presented the most outstanding display of sport, the arts, and entertainment the resort had ever seen. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and resort partners continue to build on that momentum through the Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program by developing and attracting a wide range of high-quality programs throughout the year including an exciting line-up of festivals and events for all ages and audiences.
The FE&A program is funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI), which invests in programs and projects to build tourism throughout BC. The FE&A program is overseen by a Committee of Council composed of senior staff from the RMOW and Tourism Whistler, a community member at-large, and a Whistler council representative. Learn more about the FE&A program.