Rec Report Newsletter: June-July 2023

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Rec Report - June/July, 2023

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Newsletter Spotlight

Thrifty Foods Skatepark

Skatepark-Bobbi Neal

It's official - the Thrifty Foods Skatepark in the JDF lower park is open! After so much anticipation and teamwork to bring this valuable amenity to fruition, we are so happy to celebrate this project with the community and. The grand opening was held on May 13 and was attended by an energetic crowd of community members ready to ride, as well as supporters and contributors of the project. 

The new skatepark, designed and built by Vancouver-based New Line Skateparks, is a world-class skateable/rideable landscape destination that features a hybrid conceptual design. The park is aimed at being welcoming, inclusive, flexible, exciting, and memorable for all ages and abilities.

Skate camps are starting up soon; stay tuned on FacebookInstagram, or for details and dates!

Summer Events

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Another summer of sunshine and socializing is upon us, and this season's lineup of events is sure to delight. Save the dates, and keep an eye on our events calendar, Facebook or Instagram to make sure you'll be part of all the fun! 

Storywalk: Join us for a new story and a walk each week.
Wednesdays, at the Garry Oak walking trail behind JDF Library.

Neighborhood Nights: Connect with your neighbours for games, crafts and activities. 
Tuesdays, at Royal Bay Meadow Park.

Changemakers: Join us in honouring Indigenous culture, values, and history.
Saturday, June 10 at Starlight Stadium.

National Indigenous People's Day: A warm invitation for a day of fun and community relations on the Lands of the Lekwungen (Songhees) and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) ancestors and families.
Wednesday, June 21, at Royal Roads University.

Canada Day: Saturday, July 1, at Langford Starlight Stadium & View Royal. 

Just for Youth

Youth weightroom

Keep your youth active all summer - after taking a Regional Youth Weight Room Orientation, youth are able to drop in to the weightroom for a workout. Find out more and reserve your youth's space today!

The 2-hour orientation provides 13-15-year-olds with an introduction to safely using a recreation centre weight room. Youth are taught weightroom guidelines and etiquette, cardio and weight training guidelines, and how to use basic cardio and strength training equipment.

Upon completion of this orientation, participants will receive a sticker that permits them to access weightrooms at the following facilities: Esquimalt Recreation Centre, City of Victoria Recreation Centre, Saanich Recreation Centres, West Shore Recreation, Oak Bay Recreation Centre, Panorama Recreation Centre, and SEAPARC. 

Summer Fitness

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Beat the heat this summer - enjoy a cool workout in our air-conditioned weightroom, or take a drop-in fitness class. Keep an eye out for our new cardio equipment, arriving soon!

Summer is the perfect time to start a fitness routine or change things up for the season. Browse our programs or meet with one of our highly qualified personal trainers or kinesiologists to develop an efficient and effective exercise program specifically for your needs and goals. Try it with a friend or partner! Semi-private options are also available. Submit a request to get started today.

Whatever you do this summer, don't forget to stay cool and hydrated! 

More than Parks

Lana and parks work

All of you local gardeners know what it takes to make your space beautiful and productive. With 109 acres of WSPR property to tend to, our parks team is especially busy this time of year. We encourage you to take a wander through the Garry Oak Walking Trail, go on a scavenger hunt to find all the carved wooden animals hidden in the trees, and take a moment to smell the blooms alongside the JDF facilities - you can even spy on some of the teeny-tiny critters making use of all of this diverse habitat.

Please be fire smart and help keep our community parks safe!

Thank you, parks team, for all you do to make WSPR beautiful and sustainable!

Aspiring Artists

Aspiring Artists summer

Help your kiddos stay cool and creative this summer with a wide range of artsy programs and captivating themes, from dragons and fairies to splatter and glow paint. View the brochure and register online.





Ice in the House

Kids learning hockey

Ice - yes, ice! - will be back at JDF Arena on July 4, and there is no shortage of skating programs to keep you geared up while staying cool. View programs and register now!

Public skating sessions will also be back; summer drop-in schedules will be available the week of June 15. 



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'Most Valuable You'

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

Emily N., for contributing her expertise in specialized software and saving the admin team hours of data entry.
Eugene N., for exemplifying the spirit of WSPR with unwaning positivity, entertaining motivation, and providing exceptional care during a first aid incident.
Glenda R., for seeking knowledge from colleagues to help participants, and providing added value in her fitness classes.
Justin F., for outstanding performance and managing the maintenance team's heavy workload with efficiency and professionalism. 
Lynda L., for supporting the fitness team by taking extra shifts, being consistently reliable, and for adapting and modifying fitness classes for participants. 
& a secret superstar, for being a positive force on the team and always filling in with a smile.

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.

Thank you all - 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!

Upcoming Holiday Hours

Canada Day July 1 CLOSED
(Monday after) Canada Day July 3 6AM-10PM
British Columbia Day August 7 CLOSED

Details on our website.

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