Summer is quickly wrapping up and the air is starting to feel crisp – a sure sign that Fall is just around the corner. Although summer was slow to start this year, the Pool’s last day is next Thursday, August 25. During Public Swim from 1:00-4:00 p.m, the staff will be hosting games, races and contests for the kids. The last family swim of 2011 will be at 4:00 p.m. and then we run our last lesson of the year, at 5:00 p.m. If you haven’t enjoyed a dip in our community pool this summer, don’t delay!
If you haven’t experienced the Floating Movie nights at the Rossland Pool, this Thursday, August 18, at 8:00 p.m. is the last one! Enjoy a float in the pool for approximately an hour and then as soon as it’s dark enough, the movie will start. Bring some warm comfy clothes for when you hop out of the pool and maybe even a blanket for the cool night air. There are lots of snacks to enjoy and some warm hot chocolate for when you get cool.
The Rossland Pool staff have done an incredible job of running the pool this summer! The staff have collectively instructed over 400 local children on how to be better swimmers and future lifeguards. Thank you to Lauren Bergen, Claire McKay, Laureta Boychuk, Lauren Ewing, Samme Beatson, Erik Martin and Sharmila Miller for the excellent supervision, instruction and staffing at the pool this summer. The Grade 6 and 7 students at RSS enjoyed a full lesson set in June that ensured their swimming skills were at an acceptable standard before they all set off on their summer adventures. Thank you to Joanna Heikkila, Kim McKinnon and Christine Derosa – the Grade 6 and 7 teachers at RSS, for their support and the extra effort they put into making the lessons happen. The pool offered three advanced level Aquatic courses this summer and put over twenty local youth through their pre-lifeguarding courses. At the last camp, the Minute to Win It Camp, we had half a dozen local teenagers volunteer to help with the 30 children registered for the camp. A big thank you to Dorman Lochlan, Dylan Johnston, Brogan Pastro, Alex Reid and James French. Thank you also to the community who supports the Rossland Pool. The pool has contributed to summer memories for Rossland families and children for 79 years!
The Recreation Department has registered Rossland into a Provincial contest – the Healthy Families BC Walking Challenge. This is an online contest, similar to the one Rossland participated in for the Aviva Contest to support RSS. The Walking Challenge contest has individuals and communities across BC competing for great prizes by sharing favourite walking tips, mapping the best local routes, celebrating community and entering to win great prizes. It’s easy to get started! Log on to www.healthyfamiliesbcwalkingchallenge.ca and then click on the “Find Your Community” button. Click on the letter “R” and then select Rossland. Click on the “Create an Entry” button. Fill in the information about your favourite trail or a walk you’ve recently enjoyed and then check the “I have read and agreed to….” button before clicking the “Submit my Entry” button. Each time you “create an entry”, it counts as an entry in the draw, for both the individual who entered and the community the walk is associated with.
Over 200 prizes will be awarded. Your chances are better, the more stories you submit!
Here’s the exciting part for Rossland! The five communities with the most postings – one from each population size category – will win $10,000 to upgrade a local walking trail. One of the five winning communities will be selected by a random draw to win an additional $50,000! With the recent success of our online voting for the Aviva Grant – we could be serious contenders!!
Golden City Days is coming up and the committee is always looking for some extra hands to make the work lighter. If you are interested in assisting in any capacity – even just for a few hours, please contact Terry Brinson at 250-362-9562.
The Recreation Department is currently working on the Fall and Winter Brochure. The Recreation Department will be combining the Fall and Winter Brochures into one brochure, spanning the months of September to March. If you have a hobby or an interest and would like to offer a program that falls into these months, please contact our Department to discuss available options. The deadline is past, so don’t delay to contact our office!