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Essex to Offer Free Programs for Recreation and Parks Month

Posted on Friday May 24, 2019

The Town of Essex is celebrating Recreation and Parks Month (JRPM) with a number of free programs as part of the “JRPM presents Take a Dip…Drop in and Play” promotion.

Throughout the province, Recreation and Parks Month encourages residents to get active in outdoor spaces and programs. The Town of Essex features a wide range of multi-use trails, parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities, giving residents ample options to choose from.

Free events begin with the JRPM Kick-Off on Saturday June 1 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Essex Recreation Complex (242 Talbot Street North, Essex Centre). All are welcome to take part in this family-friendly event featuring bouncy castles, Nerf Ninja battles, healthy snacks, and more.

“We have been a proud supporter of Recreation and Parks Month since 2007 as a way to encourage residents and families to experience the wide variety of recreational opportunities available,” said Doug Sweet, Director of Community Services. “We’re especially excited to offer such a large number of free programs this year to give everyone a chance to see what we offer and hopefully try something new.”

Funding for free programs is provided through a ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge grant. The Town is participating in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge from May 31 to June 16, which recognizes Canada’s Most Active Community. ParticipACTION will award $150,000 to the community which rallies the most participants and accumulates the most active minutes during the challenge.

To participate, residents can download the ParticipACTION mobile app and get active throughout the month. Community members can also be entered into a draw to win free prizes by liking, commenting, or sharing the Community Better Challenge post on the Town’s Facebook page.

Free programs include:

  • JRPM Kick-Off, Saturday, June 1, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Essex Recreation Complex (242 Talbot Street North, Essex Centre)
  • Family Swim, Wednesday, June 5, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Essex Recreation Complex
  • Colchester Community Bike Ride, Sunday, June 9, 3:00pm, Colchester Harbour (100 Jackson Street, Colchester Centre)
  • Yoga on Tuesday, June 11, 6:00pm-7:00pm, McGregor Community Centre (9571 Walker Road, McGregor Centre)
  • Cardio Aquafit, Friday June 14, 9:15am-9:45am, Essex Recreation Complex
  • Pickleball on Tuesday, June 18, 9:30am-11:30am, Essex Community Centre (25 Gosfield Townline West, Essex Centre)
  • Spin H2O on Wednesday, June 19, 6:15pm-7:15pm, Essex Recreation Complex
  • Yoga Fit on Thursday, June 20 6:15pm-7:15pm, Colchester Community Centre (100 Jackson Street, Colchester Centre)
  • Spin H2O, Sunday, June 23 8:00am-8:45am, Essex Recreation Complex
  • Harrow Community Bike Ride, Sunday, June 23, 3:00pm, Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre (243 McAffee Street, Harrow Centre)
  • Spin H2O on Wednesday, June 26, 6:15pm-7:00pm, Essex Recreation Complex
  • Family Swim, Monday, June 24 10:00am-11:30am, Essex Recreation Complex
  • Lengths Swim, Friday, June 28 6:30am-8:00am, Essex Recreation Complex

For more information and to pre-register online visit www.essexconnect.ca or call 519-776-8992.