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Families take advantage of free swim and other recreational activities over March Break


by Sylene Argent

Thanks to support from SWARG Windsor-Essex Communities In Motion and Pathway to Potential, the Town of Essex was able to welcome area families to the Essex Aquatics Centre last Thursday to enjoy a free swim.

With students enjoying March Break, staff members at the Essex Aquatics Centre were busy monitoring safety while the fun ensued, as many youths – and the young at heart – took advantage of the chance to use the amenities, free of charge.

In addition to the free swim, daily leisure and recreational swimming activities were offered last week. Area youths were also able to enjoy their time away from school books and tests over the March Break at the recreation facility to enjoy the variety of activities provided through the Town of Essex’s Clubhouse Day Camp program.

Cynthia Cakebread, Manager of Recreation and Culture for the Town of Essex, said around 60 to 70 youths were welcomed each day of the Clubhouse Day Camp program offered last week.

The turnout was higher than the typical attendance the Clubhouse Day Camp program has attracted in the past over March Break, which is signalling a great return to regular programming, following the pandemic.

“We’ve been busy every day,” she said, adding attendance was basically at its capacity, based on staffing. “Overall, we have been busy all week.”

Essex’s central location, reasonable rates, and the number of quality programs offered contributed to the great turnout last week, which Cakebread was pleased to see.

She is looking forward to hosting future recreation programs and welcoming those who want to get involved.

Those who would like to explore the recreational programs the Town of Essex offers can do so by visiting essexconnect.ca. A variety of programs are available for youths and adults.

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