Rec Report Newsletter: April-May 2023

WSPR Rec Report
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Rec Report - April/May, 2023

Newsletter Spotlight

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Spring/Summer Activity Guide & Registration

With the arrival of green buds, pink blossoms, and sunshine, we can officially look forward to a new season of exciting programs and adventures - are you ready? Our spring/summer activity guide is now available and it's packed with all of the fabulous programs you know and love, along with some new offerings and try-it classes. Enjoy the energy of spring, and take some time for self care too - we have something for everyone! Check out our activity guide now and step into spring on the path that's right for you.

Registration dates:

April 5, 6AM: General registration, camps & advanced aquatics

Spring swim lessons (April - June):

April 7: View swim courses online
Registration dates:
April 12, 6AM: Preschool swim lessons
April 13, 6AM, School-age, private and adult lessons

Summer swim lessons (July - August):

June 16: View swim courses online
Registration dates:
June 21, 6AM: Preschool swim lessons
June 22, 6AM, School-age, private and adult lessons

Annual Pool Closure 

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April 3 - 23

Every year, we conduct annual maintenance on the pool facilities in order to serve you better. While the pool is closed, our operations and maintenance teams are working hard behind the scenes taking care of all the major upgrades.

This year, the project list includes:

  • Installing a climbing wall!
  • Removing the diving board
  • Draining the leisure pool and replacing a major filter
  • Replacing all the bolts on the waterslide (that's something like 800 bolts!!)

During this time our passes will be taken at other municipal rec centres; please contact the respective centre for program times and availability.

We look forward to welcoming you back on April 24th at 6AM when we resume our regular programming.

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Introducing WSPR's 'Most Valuable You'

You are amazing, yes, you! 

West Shore Parks & Recreation is what it is because of the individual efforts and talents our staff bring to work each day.

The ‘Most Valuable You’ Recognition Program recognizes the outstanding efforts of the staff, to celebrate those who step in when needed, demonstrate a willingness to make this place better, grow into the challenges that arise, and embody the values of the organization.

Please join us in saying a big THANK YOU & CONGRATULATIONS to the first recipients of the MV You award:

Yannick S., lifeguard, for saving a life and helping an injured patron with extra care and attention. 
Breanne C., facility maintenance worker, for her excellent communication with the childcare team and for creating ways to support each other.
Simon M., communications programmer, for his initiative and leadership in bringing the MV You program and recent job fair to life.
Jill W., multi-department aficionado, for her organization, passion, problem-solving, and exceptional customer service skills as a birthday party host.

Thank you - you really do help make WSPR the perfect place to play... and work!

Feel like you're a good fit for this awesome team? Join us! View all job opportunities and apply today!

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Art Birthday Parties

Did you know that we now offer ART PARTIES on Saturdays and Sundays, and that they are now bookable online? From pottery and splatter paint to the NEW superstar glow party, celebrate your child's birthday in our art studio.

Find more information here and book your party online today!


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Spring into Fitness

Are you including some self-care in your routine? Reset and recharge your mind and body with our yoga and wellness programs. New classes to try this spring include Yoga for Stress & Anxiety, Core Yoga, Slow Flow Yoga, Chair Yoga, Flow Yoga, and Pilates Fusion, in addition to the many other classes we offer. Find your zen here.

Not sure what yoga class might be right for you? Try out our new Specialty Yoga/Wellness Drop-in option for a select number of registered yoga classes. There are a limited amount of drop-in spaces so be sure to get your spot today! 

Curious about strength training, or just getting started? Try Fresh Start and learn how to use the weightroom equipment through this orientation program. Youth weightroom orientations are also available! Find times and sign up today.

Sample some of the many new programs coming up for spring/summer with a ‘Try It’ class. The class sampler is a great way to try the class before you register. Try one or try 'em all: TRX Combo (9941), POUND Unplugged (9918), 50+ Strength & Stretch (10069), Core Yoga (9949), Vinyasa Flow (9940), & Chair Yoga: Mobility & Mindfulness (9933). Please register in the complimentary class to secure your spot (search courses here, using the barcode listed next to each class name).

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New! Drop-in Sports: No-gi Jiu-Jitsu

Come try the martial art everyone’s talking about... WSPR now offers No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes! Join us to get a great workout and improve your balance, coordination, body awareness, and confidence. Plus, it’s a ton of fun!  $17/class or $150/10 classes (not included with membership or visit pass). Open to ages 14+. These classes are designed for beginners, but all abilities are welcome. No-gi (kimono) required, just clothes you can move in.

Classes are held in the Indoor Sports Complex Monday/Wednesday, 7-8AM; Tuesdays 5:30-6:30PM, and Thursdays 4:45-5:45PM with some exceptions. Check the online schedule to confirm times and reserve your spot online.

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10-month Discovery Preschool Registration

(September 2023 - June 2024)

Registration for families new to our preschool programs is now open. In Discovery Preschool, children build friendships and develop independence through active play and hands-on learning with colours, numbers, science, nature, arts & crafts, physical literacy and more. The program balances indoor and outdoor preschool programming along with special group activities such as music, art, nature walks and physical literacy.

For ages 3-5, choose between Mon/Wed/Fri or Tues/Thurs sessions. Find out more and register today!

Upcoming Holiday Hours

Good Friday April 7 7AM-3PM
Saturday of Easter April 8 7AM-8PM
Easter Sunday April 9 7AM-8PM
Easter Monday April 10 7AM-3PM
Victoria Day May 22 7AM-3PM

Details on our website.

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