Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Town Council has approved a new procedure for managing inappropriate behaviour by permit holders — sports organizations, teams, players or residents — who are using the town’s sports fields. The procedure includes a new online reporting process and a progressive discipline approach to encourage better behaviour.
“Our goal is to ensure a respectful sports and recreation environment that can be enjoyed by all,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.
The new procedure is being implemented as a pilot project during the current sports season and will be evaluated by the end of 2014. The town’s Parks staff will continue to conduct regular checks of parks and sports fields to help ensure proper use.
“The majority of players act in a respectful manner; however, there are occasions when inappropriate behaviour is reported,” said Colleen Bell, commissioner of Community Services for the Town of Oakville. “Our new reporting procedure ensures incidents are documented and any resulting disciplinary action for permit holders is fair and transparent.”
The new disciplinary procedure details are as follows:
Through its new “Be a Good Neighbour” campaign, town staff is working with sports organizations, sports field neighbours, spectators and players to raise awareness of the required conduct at sports fields and the new procedure for reporting and investigating inappropriate behaviour.
For more information on the town’s new reporting and disciplinary procedure, please visit Acceptable Use of Town Facilities page.