Thu, 31 May 2012
June is typically the month that boasts the most daylight hours. Celebrate the longer days full of sunshine and warmer weather with Oakville’s Make Your Move team and its annual June is Recreation and Parks month. Packed full of fun for the entire family, the next 30 days will focus on this year’s theme, Hike it or Bike it, offering residents plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
“June is one of the best times of the year to get outside and be active,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Oakville has some of the most beautiful trails and parks in the province. I encourage all residents to go for a walk or enjoy a bike ride this summer with friends and family.”
The official launch of June is Recreation and Parks month takes place on Saturday, June 2, with a short hike at Sheridan Hills Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. The first 50 people will receive a free pedometer from the Make Your Move team for participating. Oakville Cycle & Sports Ltd. will also be on hand from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to educate residents on bike and rider safety. A bike technician will be available to check bikes and make suggestions on anything that needs to be fixed or changed. The first 100 participants will receive a free bell.
“Whether you want to get fit or cool off this summer, June is Recreation and Parks month is a great opportunity to get active,” said Nina da Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “We also have plenty of classes and activities for those who want to improve their skills or try something new.”
Residents can enjoy a swim at Lions Outdoor Pool or one of the town’s splash pads that recently opened. There’s also special events planned for youth, including After School Drop-in Sports and Saturday Youth Nights at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. For seniors, the Oakville Senior Citizens’ Recreation Centre at Kerr Street and Iroquois Ridge Older Adult Centre are hosting barbecues, while adult shinny lacrosse and hockey at Joshua’s Creek Arena begins mid-month.
Make Your Move is the Town of Oakville’s public education and awareness program that promotes the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles. The program encourages residents to become more active through various sports and recreational activities.
June is Recreation and Parks month was first proclaimed in 2005 by Parks and Recreation Ontario, the Ontario Parks Association, the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association and Get Active Now. Ontario now has nearly 100 June is Recreation and Parks month ambassadors.
Visit the June is Recreation and Parks month page for a full list of activities and events.