An opportunity for residents to learn about the options available to them
YORKTON — June is Recreation and Parks Month in Saskatchewan, and Yorkton will be a busy place to celebrate the month-long event.
That was the message Yorkton City Council received at its regular meeting Monday in a report from Program Services Manager Julia Schofer with the city.
“Summer is back! After the long, cold winter we’ve had and with the province emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, residents have been eager to get back to activities they love but also try something new,” she said.
“June is free time and Parks Month is a great way for Yorkton residents to learn about the opportunities available to them.”
Some activities include the growing community pickleball program and new activities like Chair Yoga at Yorkton Public Library and Mom and Tot Aquacize at Access Communications Water Park. Park areas, pathways and outdoor recreation facilities can be accessed at almost any time and seeing how local residents use them, and in some cases all four seasons, shows that local residents were eager to get out, get active and reconnect with their to connect community they were isolated.
The Department of Recreational and Community Services has several activities and projects planned or currently underway for this year, Schofer said.
To kick off activities in partnership with the Yorkton Active Transportation Collaborative, a Community Bike Rodeo will be held at the Yorkton Public Library on Thursday, June 9 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
The Park Parties return and take place in two locations. The first location will be at Tupper Park on Thursday, June 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and at Ukrainian Pioneer Park on Wednesday, June 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; if the weather permits it.
Logan Green runs three six-week outdoor yoga programs. Classes have already started, but there are still places available for late registration for interested residents.
Urban Poling Clinics, also known as Nordic Walking, was a program request from the community and due to its popularity, Learn to Urban Pole Clinics will be offered every Wednesday through June 15th at the Gallagher Center Flexihall. There are two sessions each day. The afternoon session takes place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the evening session from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The City continues to loan pickleball and disc golf equipment from Guest Services at the Gallagher Centre.
Concrete tees are also planned at the city’s two disc golf courses at Rodney Ridge and Patrick Park.
In collaboration with stakeholders and the community, planning is underway to develop a new park in the south-central area of the city that we refer to as Columbia Park Development. This future parking area will house two outdoor basketball courts and a pump bike track.
“By promoting June is Recreation and Parks Month, Yorkton helps recognize the impact staff and volunteers have on the many recreational and park opportunities we all use and enjoy,” said Schofer.
“Elected officials, recreation and parks professionals, and community members can all advance the important contributions that recreation and parks services make to our people, community, environment, and to our province’s economic well-being.”