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.
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.
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.
Yarmouth Recreation has a variety of cross country ski equipment as well as snowshoes to fit almost any member of your family! With the snow starting to fall, think about dropping by our office and getting outfitted to try out a fun new winter activity! FREE!
Office hours are 8:30-4:30, M-F and you can drop in and select your equipment and take it to try anywhere! Our trails, parks and backyards make wonderful new adventures in the snow!
The Friends of Ellenwood also have skis and snowshoes available for use in the park along with kilometers of groomed trails! They maintain cabin hours every weekend there is snow on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm. Check out their website for more information and follow them on Facebook.
Are you interested in some ski instruction? Sign up with Yarmouth Recreation and once we get a good snow forecast and can schedule a course , we will give you a call. Our cross country ski courses are great no matter your age and ability, come with all equipment, and are completely free of charge!
It is a Super Moon; meaning the moon is closer than usual to earth and it will appear quite large as it rises over the horizon.
The January full moon is referred to as the Wolf Moon as those native to this land and early settlers could hear hungry wolves howl outside their villages.
Even more rare, is the fact that it is a Blood Moon. This means that the full lunar eclipse happening late on September 20th into the early morning hours of the 21st will produce a moon appearing red in colour.
Join Yarmouth & Acadian Shores Hiking Adventures (YASHA), The Friends of Ellenwood Park and Yarmouth Recreation for a Full Moon Hike on Sunday, January 20th at 7pm. We will meet at the entrance to Ellenwood Park and hike in and through the park with what we hope is a spectacular view of the Full Wolf Moon. Because the eclipse does not begin until 11:30 pm and max at 1:12 am, we will leave that to you to follow up on. It is fully viewable in North America so worth waiting up for if you are able and the night is clear. Dress for the weather and the walking surface. We will have limited pairs of snowshoes available if that is an option. A fire will be on in the ski cabin to warm up before we make the trek out. Please watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates.