The Risks of Running in the Rink
January 30, 2023
Please be aware that ORFA members are once again raising a concern and frustration with the “unpermitted” and “unsafe” practice of user groups using the common areas of a building for warm-up activities, strength and/or endurance conditioning activities. The ORFA first became aware of these activities in 2018 and in partnership with the Frank Cowan Company (now Intact Public Entities -IPE) created the “Unpermitted Activities: Public Areas of Recreation Facilities Guideline".
ORFA appreciates that at times, members turn to their professional association in anticipation that the organization is able to communicate to other sport governing bodies or allied organizations to help control this behaviour. Regrettably, as much a general notice of concern can be shared, it is the owner of the building and their representatives that have direct authority to restrict activities within their buildings and public spaces. These controls must be designed and applied internally. You will note in the “Unpermitted Activities: Public Areas of Recreation Facilities Guideline", the ORFA and IPE state that these types of activities should not be permitted and key points include:
These points still very much apply in any continued concern.
In addition, what should facility management do? Consider:
Facility use is a privilege that can be revoked. Facility respect is the keystone to the facility/user relationship.