Yorkton Council unanimously proclaimed January as Active Living Month in the city.
“The City of Yorkton’s 2020 Strategic Plan identifies building a healthy community, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and personal wellness as some of the community’s goals. One of the ways Community Development, Parks and Recreation department works to achieve these goals is providing low-cost or no cost social, recreational, and educational opportunities for all community members to participate,” explained Taylor Morrison, Recreation Services Manager, with the City at the regular meeting of Council Monday.
The promotions involved with designating January as Active Living Month in the City of Yorkton will help create awareness of the benefits of, and provide opportunities for, people to become more physically active. They hope that this promotion will:
• Increase physical activity levels of Yorkton citizens.
• Educate citizens and businesses about the importance of being physically active and making positive healthy lifestyle choices.
• Increase use of city facilities.
• Encourage families to be physically active together.
• Expose citizens to different ways to become physically active.
The following schedule of activities and opportunities are being promoted as part of Active Living Month:
• Free walking at the Gloria Hayden Community Centre and Gallagher Centre Nexera Flexihall for the month of January.
• Sports demonstrations and clinics for squash, racquetball, pickleball, and indoor tennis.
• 2-for-1 admission for squash and racquetball at the Gloria Hayden Community Centre.
• 2-for-1 Drop In Sports including tennis, soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and pickleball at both the Gallagher Centre and the Gloria Hayden Community Centre.
• Drop In Curling Friday nights, hosted by the Yorkton Curling Club.
• Free public skating at the Kinsmen Arena and the Farrell Agencies on Sunday evenings.
• Free preschool and senior skating at Kinsmen Arena on Wednesdays.
• $3.00 youth and $5.00 adult admissions to the Gallagher Centre Water Park for the whole month.
And when it is not too cold out, there are a number of great outdoor activities to enjoy as well:
• Toboggan Hills at Knights of Columbus Park, Rodney Ridge, Weinmaster Park and the Deer Park Golf Course.
• Outdoor Rinks at Knights of Columbus Park, Weinmaster Park, Heritage Heights Park and Silver Heights Park. Lights at all outdoor rinks are on until 10:30 p.m. nightly.
• Cross country ski trails and skate skiing at the Deer Park Golf Course. These trails are kept groomed by the Yorkton Cross Country Ski Club, and the club also offers a junior programming, and has a complete rental shop for those who do not have their own equipment.
• The City also clears over 8 kilometres of pathways throughout the City.