As of September 1st 2013, City of Burlington programs will be re-located to other facilities. More information on the programs and services offered by the City can be found:
- By picking up a copy of the Fall/Winter Live & Play Guide available at any City facility
- By browsing our other programs.
- By phone at 905-335-7738.
- By following us on Twitter and Facebook
For any questions or for more information on the closure of Velocity please contact Jennifer Spence at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 905-332-7600 ext 6499.
Why is the city reviewing velocity?
With Velocity’s lease expiring in September 2013, it is timely to review both the programming and operations to see if there are opportunities to revitalize or restructure the program to better serve youth in our community.
What exactly is being reviewed / considered?
Do we continue Velocity? If yes, how will that operating model look? and where? (in current location or somewhere else?) If no, how are we going to re-invest youth funds.
What regular programs currently operate out of Velocity?
The following programs run three nights at week at the current facility:
- Out and About Program – youth with disabilities (Thursday nights)
- Burlington Teens/High School - 25 to 30 participants from local high schools - a majority of participants are from Robert Bateman (Friday nights)
- Child & Youth (8 to 14) 20 to 30 participants, majority of participants are from the downtown area (Saturday)
Is the city planning to close Velocity?
While closing and/or relocating Velocity are among several options being considered, before any decision is made the city will engage the current users and the broader community to better understand the needs of youth and determine how to invest in programs that best meet those needs in the right kind of location.
What is the impact on the youth currently using the facility?
If it’s determined that Velocity is not meeting current needs of youth and a decision is made that it will no longer exist in its currently location, the city will partner with community youth agencies to find new ways to serve the existing youth at the facility during the transition period.
How is the city going to engage youth, residents about velocity?
- Conducting user group workshops with stakeholders – one workshop for each of the current user groups
- Mind mixer program (online forum )
- High School visits (6 or 7) – education of youth voice, survey do you visit velocity yes, no, what activities
- Direct phone interviews with community youth program providers
- Youth review with agencies
We invite you to connect with us for more information via email. If you are interested in registering as a delegation, please gather more information here. To view the report and the full agenda for the Community Services Committee for May 29th, 2013- click here.