Head out and Play in the Park this summer

Panorama offering programming in public parks on weekday evenings through summer

Julianna Diulgerian plays in the water spray park at Iroquois Park. The park will be a part of Panorama Recreation’s Play in the Park programming this summer.

A new program kicking off this summer will offer weeknight fun in parks for local families.

Panorama Recreation kicks off their Play in the Park program July 2 which will feature a variety of activities being held in local parks.

“The idea came from a conference that some of our staff attended and the city of Kelowna actually put in place a similar program not too long ago,” said Adrienne Gadd, the community recreation coordinator at Panorama.

“Last year we presented the idea to the recreation commission and it was unanimously supported. So, after a year in the works, we’re very excited to put the program in place,” she added.

Play in the Park will run weekday evenings through the summer months (July and August) in seven local neighbourhood parks spread throughout North and Central Saanich and Sidney. The parks are: Pioneer Park, Iroquois Park, North Saanich Middle School, Rodolph Park, Centennial Park, Wain Road Park and Rathdown Park.

“The program will give families a fantastic opportunity to meet other people in their communities and their neighbourhoods,” said Gadd.

“Play in the Park will be so neat in that respect because many of the parks are located in neighbourhood areas and are literally right in people’s backyards or just a short walk away.”

Gadd said that there will be four staff members present during the free Play in the Park programming which will take place Monday to Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the different parks (no programming will be held on statutory holidays.)

“We’ll have things like our inflatable obstacle course set up, there will be family games and sport games, face painting for the younger children. There will really be something for everyone, we’re really excited about it.”

For more information on Panorama’s free Play in the Park program, visit www.panoramarecreation.ca or call 250-656-7271.