Koen Brewer

Koen Brewer

Neighbourhood Nights initiative earns many kudos

West Shore Parks and Recreation program sees solid uptake

Neighbourhood Nights’ first year hopefully won’t be their last.

Colwood Creek Park hosted the last of 24 Neighbourhood Nights, a free family program in the West Shore offering up games and outdoor activities encouraging families to get outside and get active. West Shore Parks and Recreation’s manager of recreation Sandy Clarke said the inaugural offering was a success.

“We thought it was incredibly successful … We (believed in) the model of taking activities and healthy snacks to neighbourhoods and encourage families to be active and socialize,” she said.

Clarke said between 10 and 30 families participated on any given night at Colwood Creek Park, Glen Lake Park in Langford and at Centennial Park in View Royal.

Despite being funded in part by a one-time Recreation Foundation British Columbia Grant, West Shore Parks and Recreation CEO Linda Barnes said she is hopeful the initiative will be back.

“Our hope is that we will continue this type of programming, it is free, focuses on families and neighbourhoods and encourages active, healthy behaviour which fits with our mandate,” Barnes said. “We were fortunate because we got a grant … We’ll continue to look for sponsorship dollars to run this type of program again.”

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