Making Recreation a Priority

An expansion of Mariners Centre gets new life as it is given priority as a community recreation project.

What might be included?

Three and a half years ago a needs assessment was completed by community stakeholders and the three local municipal units with assistance from the Province of Nova Scotia. The full report is available along with possible floor plans on the Mariners Centre website.

AQUATIC CENTRE, GYMNASIUM, MULTIPURPOSE SPACE AND FITNESS

With the age of the YMCA building and the need for new facilities, the report recommends moving the operations of the YMCA to the Mariners Centre location and developing new fitness and aquatic spaces. This partnership is evident in the Pictou County Wellness Centre. A new standard size competition pool with a second warmer therapy pool would be more accessible and open up time and space for a number of aquatic recreation opportunities.

CURLING RINK

A curling surface is also an option for add-on and also needed in the region due to the age and upkeep of the current facility. Curling is accessible to people of all ages and also has a lot of local support for hosting bonspiels.

INDOOR WALKING TRACK

Facilities that include an indoor walking/running track indicate that it is very well used and a great investment in community recreation. Walking tracks are used by everyone; young and old and would be an obvious addition to a multi-purpose recreation facility.

MEETING SPACES, CHILD CARE, COMMUNITY KITCHEN, ROCK CLIMBING WALL AND FIELDHOUSE

Many other options exist both in the plan and in the minds of community members. Recreation services including programming and facilities are one of the most important items your tax dollars support. People choose to live and work in areas with good recreation opportunities for the whole family. Keeping recreation low cost is something our municipal units strive to do so it is accessible to all and keep our whole community healthier.

After the Bell Outdoors!

In addition to our regular After the Bell programming on Wednesdays, Yarmouth Recreation will offer a 4 week Winter Outdoor Recreation program to students in Grades 7-9.

Participants will build shelters, learn some outdoor cooking skills (includes fire-making!) and hopefully try some snow activities such as cross country skiing and snowshoeing!

The program will run on Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26th from after school to 5:30 at the Hebron Recreation Complex. Students attending Maple Grove will be picked up in the lobby at the bell and pick up is at the school at 5:30. The program is completely free of charge with support from the Province of NS and the Tri County Regional Centre for Education. Anyone new to the After the Bell program must complete a registration form and bring it to the office at Maple Grove or to the first session. For more information, please contact Misty at 902-742-8868.

Easter Egg Hunt!

 

Can you find the eggs hidden around Frost Park? Come and take a look! 10 egg maximum for all children. Special prize for whoever finds the prize egg!

For Children aged 3 to 10 years. Parental Supervision is required.

Frost Park, Tuesday, March 27th, starts promptly at 4:00 pm

Registration is required. Space is limited! Please phone 742-8868 for more information and to register.

Steps to Connect

REGISTER NOW!! FREE PROGRAM!!

Steps to Connect is a program designed to help people living with chronic conditions take steps to connect to themselves, the people around them and their community.  This program is offered over 3 sessions that are 2 hours in length.

 

UPCOMING DATES AT THE YARMOUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY

-Session 1 of 3, Tuesday, January 9th , 5:45pm to 7:45pm or Saturday, January 20th , 10am to 12pm

-Session 2 of 3, Tuesday, January 16th , 5:45pm to 7:45pm or Saturday, January 27th , 10am to 12pm

-Session 3 or 3, Tuesday, January 23rd , 5:45pm to 7:45pm or Saturday, February 3rd , 10am to 12pm

***Steps to Connect is a recreation-based education program, delivered by trained facilitators.  The program is intended to help people learn ways to connect to their community through recreation.  In the Steps to Connect Program, participants will plan and coordinate a safe group activity that will take place during Session 2 of the 3-session program.  Steps to Connect will help individuals rediscover what matters in their life and find out how recreation and social activities can help them live well with their condition.

**The goals of the program are to: Recognize personal assets that can be cultivated in/through recreation.  Experience the potential of recreation for contributing to and connecting with others in the community.  Discover ways to connect with one’s neighborhood and community.  This program is FREE.  We will be running 2 consecutive programs, Tuesday evenings or Saturday Mornings.

*Please call Yarmouth Recreation, 902-742-8868 to register.  For more information you can also contact Danielle Chitty, Program Coordinator, at 902-648-0038 or e-mail: dchitty@district.yarmouth.ns.ca

This program is supported by the Chronic Disease Innovation Fund, Yarmouth County Community Health Board, Community Partners, Western Counties Regional Library Yarmouth, Yarmouth Recreation, NSCC Burridge and Dalhousie University