Saanich schools open for rec opportunities

Neighborhood of Learning gives community use of schools after-hours

The Saanich School District has partnered with the Peninsula Recreation Commission to provide enhanced recreation and leisure services to residents of the Saanich Peninsula through a program  dubbed Neighbourhood of Learning.

“What we’ve done through the partnership is essentially opted to make use of schools during evenings and weekends so that the community has use of another recreation facility,” said Martine King, assistant community recreation co-ordinator for Panorama.

The Neighbourhood of Learning centre is located at the new North Saanich middle school and will give the community access to meeting facilities, the gymnasium and multi-purpose room, the fine arts centre, the woodworking and home-ec centres, and various fitness activities.

Panorama will be hosting a grand opening on Saturday (Sept. 8) to introduce the community to what the Neighbourhood of Learning will offer. During the opening, Panorama will provide demonstrations of some of the fall programs that will be offered at the school, including fitness programs, cooking demonstrations, badminton and pickleball games, and activities for children and families.

“This will be a great opportunity for the community to come out the new facility and see what it has to offer,” King said of the event.

The opening on Sept. 8 runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Saanich middle school (10400 McDonald Park Dr.).