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Parkinson Recreation Centre celebrates 40 years

Kelowna’s Parkinson Recreation Centre may be the new home for seniors in the city but the facility itself has just hit middle age.

Next week, the PRC will celebrate 40 years of providing recreational services to the community.

“A lot can, and does, change in a city over 40 years but our goal of providing recreational opportunities for the community has not,” says Jim Gabriel, the city's director of recreation and cultural services. “While we are celebrating the presence of the rec centre, we are also celebrating a community that has been adopting and embracing a healthy, balanced lifestyle.”

Over the last four decades, recreation and cultural programming has expanded into all corners of the city, reaching residents in their local neighbourhoods, he added. Programs such as Park and Play, Dancing in the Park, and Neighbourhood Walks have made activity accessible and fun for residents of all ages.

The city recently relocated its Water Street Seniors' Centre from downtown to the grounds of the Parkinson Recreation Centre in a new, larger purpose-build facility renamed the Parkinson Activity Centre.

City staff will host a customer appreciation day on Feb. 28 at the PRC to thank members of the public for their commitment to their health.

Residents who are looking to get active but who are not yet members of the Parkinson Recreation Centre, are encouraged to drop-by and try out the pool during the public swim hours and the fitness centre, free of charge.

This year, the city’s program and activity guide detailing all the PRC has to offer has gone online and is no longer delivered to homes. Residents can sign-up for the city’s e-Subscribe email service to have the guide delivered to their email inbox, along with other recreation news, at kelowna.ca/recreation.If they sign-up by March 31 and they will be entered to win an iPad.

Any resident who has already signed up will be automatically entered.

The winner will be contacted and his or her name announced in mid-April.

Hard copies of the guide are still available for pick-up at designated locations around town.

For more information about the locations, contact Kelowna City Hall. Watch for the spring activity and program guide online starting Feb. 26 at kelowna.ca/recreation. Registration for upcoming programs starts the week of March 5.

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