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Thunder Bay Celebrates Recreation and Parks Month

June 12, 2008 - June has been proclaimed `Recreation and Parks Month' in Ontario - a celebration of recreation and parks. With this in mind, many special activities and promotions are being planned all month long to celebrate Thunder Bay's recreation and parks. The Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre, Golf Thunder Bay, Sir Winston Churchill Community Pool, Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre, the Canada Games Complex, Herb Carroll 55 Plus Centre and Volunteer Pool are all participating and providing special promotions.

"We are very pleased to once again participate in the Recreation and Parks Month initiative," said Beverly Ball, Manager - Recreation & Culture Division. "This June, enjoy the wide variety of recreation opportunities Thunder Bay has to offer. Take time to play and start your summer off in a fun, active way."

Upcoming promotions include a number of activities set for Father's Day on Sunday, June 15. These include free swimming at Volunteer Pool and Sir Winston Churchill Community Pool, `Take Your Kid to the Course Day' at Chapples Golf Course and a $5 Family Public Swim at the Canada Games Complex. 

On June 21 a free Junior Tennis Clinic will be offered at the Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre and on June 22 Strathcona Golf Course will host a `Take Your Kid to the Course Day'. The Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre is hosting `Pole the Pathways' a walking program with Nordic poles every Tuesday until June 24.

For more details on any of these activities call 625-2351 or visit

Parks and Recreation Ontario, the Ontario Parks Association and the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association are together leading the Recreation and Parks Month initiative. The purpose of the campaign is to draw public attention to the benefits and values of recreation to individuals, families, neighbourhoods and communities.

The Community Services Department thanks the Chronicle-Journal, Newcap Radio and The Thunder 103.5 for their support of the local campaign.

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Contact: Paul Burke, Special Events Developer, Recreation & Culture, (807) 625-2305