The Town of Pelham is eager to help kids run, jump, and play every day this summer by offering free activities for youth and families in partnership with the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Niagara.
Part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge NiagaraThe Town of Pelham is eager to help kids run, jump, and play every day this summer by offering free activities for youth and families in partnership with the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Niagara.
“We appreciate the Province’s funding to bring the Healthy Kids Community Challenge to Niagara,” said Mayor Dave Augustyn. “We will use our award-winning parks to encourage Pelham’s youth to become champions of physical literacy.”
Launch Day – Join us!Community members are invited to Pelham’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge Launch Day on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Marlene Stewart Streit Park in Fonthill from 11:00 am to learn more about our free summer programs.
Free Summer Skatepark LessonsYouth ages 6-12 are welcome to enjoy free skatepark lessons this summer at Pelham’s Isaac Riehl Memorial Skatepark in Marlene Stewart Streit Park (55 Park Lane, Fonthill). Lessons will kick off on Saturday, June 11th and run 10:00 am to noon every Saturday until August 25th, except for Saturday, July 16th during Pelham Summerfest and the Regional Swim Meet. Starting in July, lessons will also run on Tuesdays (July 5 – August 23) and Thursdays (July 7 – August 25), in addition to the Saturdays.
Skilled male and female instructors will help participants learn new skills and will implement a skatepark ambassador program to promote skatepark rules to sustain a safe environment for youth on a daily basis. To further encourage youth to safely participate in these recreation activities, the Town of Pelham has implemented a helmet credit program. Eligible helmet receipts can be traded in for $25.00 worth of Pelham Bucks redeemable at local businesses.
Free Play in the ParkSimilar to the pop-up playground concept, Pelham will bring a playground program to Centennial Park (999 Church Street, Fenwick) this summer. The instructor-led playground program will run Fridays from 9:30 – 11:30 am, starting July 8th until August 26th. Families are encouraged to drop-in to learn all types of activities that can be done in the park.
Free Public Transit
Best of all, youth and families can apply for a free summer Pelham Transit Pass to enable safe and efficient travel to these free summer activities.
For full program details, visit www.pelham.ca/healthy-kids .
About the Healthy Kids Community Challenge
The Heathy Kids Community Challenge is a key component in the Ontario Government’s Healthy Kids Strategy. The first theme of the Health Kids Community Challenge is Run. Jump. Play. Every Day. This theme encourages physical activity through a mix of active play, active transportation, sports and structured physical activity. Niagara, in partnership with its 12 municipalities, was awarded a total of $1.125 million to join The Challenge.
For more information on Pelham’s programs, please contact:
Dave Augustyn, Mayor
(905) 892-2607 ext. 317
Vickie vanRavenswaay, Director of Recreation, Culture & Wellness
(905) 892-2607 ext. 312
For more information on The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Niagara, please contact:
Judith Rudoler, BEC Niagara, (905) 684-7200 ext. 1715