This week our district schools started their sixteen-day holiday, their annual spring break. Spring of course started on March 20. While the students are very excited by these days of freedom, perhaps the parents might be looking for ideas on how to keep them busy. Perhaps you might also have some visitors and their children whom might be looking for some activities.
The staff at the community centre has information on activities within the community centre, but also opportunities throughout the whole community. In the short term over the winter, the community centre has looked after visitor information, but that responsibility will soon be moved back to the Tumbler Ridge Visitor Information Centre. The town has a reasonably new community development officer, Kelly “Elvis” Bryan, who will be overseeing the Tumbler Ridge information center.
To start with, the Tumbler Ridge community centre is a great place to play indoors. There is a playground upstairs of course, but much more to enjoy this spring break season. The aquatic center has swimming pools, a hot tub, a steam room, and a sauna, while the adjacent Rock Pit gym and weight room offers treadmills, bikes, free weights, and trained staff. Check the schedule for aquatic center and pool opening times. Hours in the aquatic center are extended during spring break for your convenience. We do have a lot of young aquatic staff so I appreciate your support during this period while they gain experience.
The community centre also includes great facilities like squash courts, racquetball courts, and many choices of fitness classes such as yoga, boot camp aerobics, and more. Plus there is a teen centre with a climbing wall, games, and other activities. The community centre also hosts a senior’s corner for adults interested in some social activities. The ice season is over in the arena as of March 13. Once again, thank you to all those who coached, organized, played, and cheered. The curling club will continue to be open for a few short weeks yet. Closing date for the curling club is April 3.
Spring break activities in the community centre include sports, crafts, and laughs every day from 10:30 a.m. through 12 noon with our programmer, Joy Mackay. The well-stocked Tumbler Ridge library is offering spring break programs. Drop into the library for a schedule of activities. There are movie matinees at the community centre lead by Roxanne, to enjoy on March 23 and 30. Come on down and enjoy. Plus the town has a couple of great places to rent movies to watch them a second or third time in your own home.
In the great outdoors there is still plenty of snow throughout our area. You can choose from cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow mobiling and more. For those using the golf course, I kindly request that the greens not be driven over to avoid damage to them. Tumbler Ridge is a great area to hike, in fact there are thirty hiking trails, many of which are close to town. This time of year, there is a requirement for preparation and a real knowledge of the area before venturing out. In the meantime, there are some great walking areas right here in town, many of which I personally enjoy.
The Tumbler Ridge golf course is moving closer to being opened. That opening date will of course be weather dependent. I am suspecting late April or early May. I am hoping to announce soon that we have secured a golf pro to give lessons this golf season.
For more information on the community centre or golf course, drop in to the community centre or give our staff a call at 250-242-4246. Remember, Tumbler Ridge is the easiest place in the world to get fit and stay healthy.