Panorama’s new pass an early hit

Affordable youth rec pass designed to help fight obesity

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Panorama’s new affordable youth pass launched Wednesday and is already seeing sales success.

“We have already sold some of the new passes online and we’ve had people come in [to the rec centre] to buy them too,” said Ian Hennigar, senior manager of Panorama.

The new pass offers youth under 19 years of age an annual pass for $59, explained Hennigar, highlighting the fact that if a parent or guardian buys an annual pass for themselves, complimentary annual passes will be offered to all dependent children, aged six to 18.

“It’s great to be able to offer this to the community and to families who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend the rec centre as much as they might want to,” he said.

According to Hennigar, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The pass was a way the Peninsula Recreation Commission felt they could help beat the rising obesity statistics in children and youth while promoting play and recreation.

Panorama had already also offered free access to their facilities for preschool children, age five and under.

To find out more about the new youth pass program, visit www.panoramarecreation.ca.

— With files from Steven Heywood