The Winter Leisure Guide is out

Web Lead

Neil Ostafichuk

Remember that movie with Steve Martin where he jumps around yelling “The new phone book is here, the new phone book is here”? Possibly not, as it wasn’t an epic film to begin with but we are almost at the same point except we would be yelling Leisure Guide instead of phone book. (Somewhat coincidentally, the other day I thought I saw some new phone books out as well…)

The Winter 2017 Leisure Guide is currently online at www.RDCK.ca and you should have seen it in your mailbox by now unless of course you have a no flyers caveat on your mail delivery. Don’t despair, all is not lost; you can still drop by and pick one up at the Community Complex while supplies last. Inside, there is a variety of programming and events that will make winter fly by just as fast as summer did. I know it’s tough to start thinking about life after Christmas just yet but heads up – many of the programs fill up fast beginning on the registration start date of December 5th.

As usual, there are 32 pages of goodness in the Guide with programs for babies to seniors and everything in between. Our programmers seem to always come up with some new and exciting additions each time whether it is in general recreation, fitness or aquatics not to mention special events and covering off Pro-D days and spring break. I have often wondered how many people have taught or supervised programs or events for us over the past three or four decades; I know it would fill a few pages and you might be surprised who is on that list.

As mentioned in my last column, we hosted the Skatepark/Park Upgrade Open House a week ago and while we are still assessing the input and comments, I was really impressed at the excellent feedback we received from both skaters and general public. Once we examine the results, we will provide an update in future communications but what stood out the most for me was the passion and buy-in from a small but well informed group of past and future users. One of the earliest comments overheard from a group of teens as they came in the room and got a first glimpse of the design drawings was “Hey, they listened to us!” Surprising, but it shouldn’t be, as that is kind of how the process should work and how it did work for the Community Complex Enhancement Project.

There was also representation from the very young, entry level riders to the elder veterans (when I say elder, that is probably still a couple decades younger than me) and as well, there were parents advocating for their children but with the capacity to consider the benefit to the entire community. While I thought I had a reasonable grasp of skatepark lingo and terms, Jim Barnum from Spectrum Skateparks then entered into a back and forth discussion with the group using a whole new set of terms and descriptors while they nodded sagely and added comments. Meanwhile it was like Stephan Hawking was trying to explain Quantum Mechanics to me but the important thing is that those kids were on the same plane of language as him. Mark van der Zalm also did an excellent job of explaining the surrounding park and features including making notes on all the comments or suggestions that came out of meeting community members. Stay tuned for future updates.

Just Posted

ASC approves their work plan and reviews spatial analysis

FireWise Consulting Ltd. provided an overview of two components for the ASC to consider.

Hospice continues to serve

For more than 30 years, volunteers with the Creston Valley Hospice Society… Continue reading

Local singers to perform in Carnegie Hall, NY

Boundless vocal ensemble which features 10 singers from Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, and Creston, BC

VIDEO: Highway 3A reopened after mudslide cleared

A mudslide closed Highway 3A between Castlegar and Nelson just north of the Brilliant Dam on Wednesday.

Bad behaviour dominates police week

Bad behaviour, some fueled by alcohol, was the running theme as Creston RCMP responded to 57 calls for assistance from April 10-17, Staff Sergeant Ryan Currie said on Tuesday.

Lt.-Gov. Guichon believes she made the right decision in last B.C. election

Outgoing Lt.-Gov Judith Guichon said her most memorable moments weren’t surrounding the election

16 of 20 fastest improving B.C. schools are public: Fraser Institute

Independent elementary schools remain at top of the chart in think tank’s annual report card

NAFTA: Talks continue through weekend in scramble to get a deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called negotiations ‘perpetual’

Pulp mill fined $900,000 for leaking effluent into B.C. lake

Mackenzie Pulp Mill pleaded guilty to depositing deleterious substance into water frequented by fish

B.C.’s 2-year lobbying ban starts May 1

Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists can grant exemptions from the prohibition if public interest

Horgan speaks of government’s successes to ‘friends’ at CUPE BC convention

CUPE BC president Paul Faoro said was first time a B.C. premier addressed convention in some time

Speed Skating Canada fires coach Michael Crowe after investigation

Crowe was a coach on the American team from 1983 to 1991 and again from 1999 to 2006

5 things to know about the ongoing influx of asylum seekers in Canada

Number of illegal border crossings are up this year – as RCMP, military, politicians try to combat

VIDEO: Smokers talk pot rules at annual 4-20 event

Annual pot protest-meets-festival in Vancouver attracted hundreds to vendors, concert

Most Read