That changed this past summer, when St. Thomas Parks and Recreation brought on board Program Coordinator Kaitlyn Koning. Her mission was to coordinate and introduce programming for all of the Parks & Recreation Facilities throughout the city (including The Timken Centre, Memorial Arena, parks and trails) with an eye to providing affordable recreation opportunities for families, youth, teens and adults, and to promoting facility use.
There’s now something for everyone, and plenty of opportunity to take part in recreation, with all of its mental and physical benefits, in a more casual and flexible setting than that of team sports.
The 2011 Fall & Winter Guide provides information on programs ranging from badminton to basketball, dodge ball, floor hockey, poling, art, dance and more. Most are targeted to various age groups from children to adults. Also included in the guide is information about St. Thomas parks and trails and facilities for birthdays and special events.
Kaitlyn notes that many parents appreciate the chance for their young children to try out a new activity at a reasonable price – when they are not sure if a child will be interested, affordable pricing is especially important.
Such a wide range of programming requires a substantial pool of instructors – Kaitlyn mentions that she is always on the lookout for qualified people in various programs.
Plan to help your child discover their interests, or try something new yourself this January. Find out more by checking out the Guide, visiting the Timken Centre (2 Third Avenue, St. Thomas) for the latest program information handouts or by calling Kaitlyn at 519-633-7112.