The Lions Pool attracted 302 children for swimming lessons in 2016.

The Lions Pool attracted 302 children for swimming lessons in 2016.

Enderby recreational activities prove popular

Parks and pools were busy in 2016 following improvement in services

Enderby parks and pools were busy in 2016.

Annual reports for parks and recreation services and the outdoor pool have been presented to the Enderby and District Services Commission.

“They (staff) have been improving services for the arena and pool. They are doing a great job,” said director Herman Halvorson.

“They are meeting the needs of the community.”

At the Lions Pool, 302 children participated in swimming lessons, while there was record-breaking attendance for aqua fit.

Almost 2,000 people participated in public/toonie swims and the pool was booked 15 times by private groups and 16 times by non-profits.

“Pool staff exceeded their expectations for the season,” said Brad Case, EDSC director.

“They have a great handle on what the community wants in terms of programs.”

In terms of parks, the ball diamonds were kept busy with regular games while two new tournaments were held this year. Barnes Park was booked weekly for children’s activities, fitness classes and private events and Belvidere Park was booked for a band concert and for Music by the River.

At the arena, there are 26 additional hours of public ice programs planned for 2016/17 over 2015/16 and 149 more hours than 2014/15.

Shuswap Minor Lacrosse used the arena’s dry floor from April to June.

“Development of programming to suit our community has been the primary focus of 2015/16,” states the recreation services annual report.

“We have implemented many of the programs requested by the community. However, some have had poor attendance, and in 2017, we will be reviewing the attendance of programs and events focusing on enhancing the well received activities.”