Essex Offering Free Programming

(ESSEX, ON) – Essex Council is recognizing the value and benefits of quality recreation and parks by proclaiming June as Recreation and Parks Month in the Town of Essex.

“Essex Council is committed to promoting healthy and active living in our community,” said mayor Ron McDermott. “During June, we encourage everyone to join in and learn more about our exceptional recreation programs. We’re offering a number of free sessions and there’s something for everyone.”

Essex Community Services is inviting residents to a free recreation swim on June 2 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Essex Recreation Complex. The swim is sponsored by the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

Other free events include  pickleball, badminton, and a number of aquafit programs and free swims.

The theme for Recreation and Parks Month is Play Everyday.

“New parks, new playgrounds, new cycling trails, and a beautiful lakeside property at Colchester Beach provide residents with a wide range of recreation and leisure opportunities,” said McDermott.

June is Recreation and Parks Month was launched in 2005 as an initiative of Parks and Recreation Ontario, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association, and Ontario Parks Association. In 2009, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario joined the coalition.

These organizations are joined by the June is Recreation and Parks Ambassadors, communities, municipalities, associations, and schools which agree to observe and celebrate June is Recreation and Parks Month.

Essex has participated in this province-wide initiative since 2007 and is the only municipality in Windsor-Essex to have achieved High Five accreditation; the only recognized standard for excellence in children’s recreation and sport in Canada.

Essex also has the largest lifesaving training programs in the county.

To find out more about Recreation and Parks Month, call 519-776-8992, or check out the complete calendar of events on the town’s website.

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