Recreation Programs

Satisfying an Appetite for healthy food choices

Last year, City of Edmonton recreation centres and pools received more than eight million visitors. As these facilities continue to flourish as important social spaces, the City is committed to helpin...

Training helps new lifeguards stay focused

Recent expansion in the number and magnitude of the City’s swimming pools has resulted in a major re-focus in the approach to lifeguard training. “It used to be that pools were all rectangular and...

Feeling Welcome at Rec Centres: More than a Front Desk Smile

When Caitlin Davis and her team of recreation facility front counter team leads took a formal inventory of their intercultural development, the results were…okay. “But okay isn’t good enough,”...

Lifeguard recruiting and training streamlined

One of the biggest human resource challenges in running 20 top-notch public swimming pools is maintaining a complement of well-trained lifeguards. A new, centralized approach to hiring, training and m...

2014/2015 Green Shack Update

Green Shack Success The Green Shack program, a free neighbourhood based recreation program that provides fun, active opportunities to children during July and August, will continue indefinitely with h...

Summer Fun in Edmonton (Part 2)

My summer fun post became a two-parter, so if you were looking for the dogs in my last post and could only find one it’s because one of them is in these photographs. I apologize for any confusion ca...

60 Years at Riverside Golf Course: A Diamond in the Rough

Regarded as one of the best municipal courses in the world, Riverside Golf Course is celebrating 60 years of exceptional golf played alongside river valley creatures and ball-thieving squirrels. Offic...

Summer Fun in Edmonton: A History of Outdoor Pools

The History Hunters summer daycamp is happening at the Archives this week and it has me thinking about what kids do in Edmonton in the summer and what it’s like to grow up here (I’m also partially...

Weighing in on the Future of the Kinsmen Sports Centre

Since its official opening on January 3, 1968, Edmonton’s Kinsmen Sports Centre has been the home away from home for hundreds of high performance athletes and fitness-minded Edmontonians. It’s als...

Bright Future for Kinsmen Sports Centre

The City of Edmonton is looking at ways to improve the Kinsmen Sports Centre that will give it a fresh new look and feel and keep Edmontonians coming back year after year. This redesign will be driven...

Safe, smooth rinks are weather dependent

Outdoor skating has become one of the most popular winter activities in Edmonton. From flooding backyard rinks for games of shinny to just coasting around a pond with friends and family, Edmontonians...

If You Build It They Will Come

The City of Edmonton is building its own field of dreams and answering the call of Edmonton’s field-sports community for a world-class tournament facility. It’s an exciting time to be an avid rugb...

Recreation Exploration

It is an exciting time in the City of Edmonton when it comes to recreational facilities. Never has the public or city employees had so much choice in choosing a facility to help them get in shape or t...

Being Active: Great for the Environment or Our Environment: Great for being Active

There may be many secrets in life we may never figure out, but when it comes down to attaining good health and well-being it has never been a secret. It just comes down to regular physical activity- m...

One big STEP towards taking 10,000 steps a day!

The notion of walking 10,000 steps everyday can be daunting for many. The mere thought of such a large number can be enough to stop you in your tracks! Pedestrian beware. It’s that negative self-tal...

Take a Yoga Break

Many of us spend too much of our work day in a cubicle, sitting at a desk, looking at a computer screen for long periods of time. Unfortunately, this environment can contribute to our body’s physica...

Athletes in the Sport of Life

I recently wrote an article for the Edmonton Examiner entitled, Be an Athlete in the Sport of Life! My intention? To encourage less or non-active people to evaluate their daily routines and hopefully...

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