Winnipeggers can enroll in summer recreation guide courses starting Tuesday, and while many popular programs are back after a two-year pandemic hiatus, some remain on hold.
The City of Winnipeg is slowly increasing overall summer services, the city’s recreation services manager said.
“We are in the process of recovering and finding instructors, and also making sure that we open safely,” said Jennifer Sarna. Up to speed host Faith Fundal on Thursday.
“At the end of the day, it’s just a process where two years really turned things around for a lot of us.”
Sarna suggested that one of the reasons some courses are not yet available has to do with a shortage of instructors in some areas.
Cooking classes are among those not currently offered, but that may change once the city finds more instructors.
Other, active life portfolio has 407 courses to choose fromwhich Sarna says is much higher than the last two years of the pandemic.
The city will also continue to offer outdoor options for certain programs.
“What excites us is just getting back into the game,” Sarna said. “We’re in a really good position to really support the fundamentals of physical literacy, as well as engagement, inclusion and cooperation…through play.”
She predicts swimming lessons, always in high demand, will once again be among the most popular activities. Some lessons have been taught outdoors during the pandemic, which will continue to be an option, Sarna said.
“It’s kind of a new normal that we’re trying to support and people have really appreciated it,” she said.
Cartown – a children’s road safety program at the Sam Southern Arena – will be offered again starting in mid-June. The course is aimed at children aged four to seven and teaches them about road safety through an interactive small town with fake traffic signs and fines. At the end of it all, the kids get a license – pretend too.
This year, the city will also have a subsidy for recreation costs. Sarna said it stems from a commitment to reduce financial barriers for those who otherwise might not be able to afford programs.
“It’s been really important for us to really encourage and open doors for everyone to participate,” she said.
Winnipeggers with a particular skill to share that could be part of a recreation guide course can contact 311 or express interest. in education through the city’s website. Some summer instructor positions remain open, Sarna said.
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