Free swimming and skating

Nathan Liewicki
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Kyleigh Coad and her son, Tristan, share a laugh and a splash at the Kinsmen Sportsplex on Saturday afternoon. 

Barb Fysh is optimistic the City of Moose Jaw’s promotion of free swimming and skating will catch on. 

“I think it's an investment in the health and wellness for everyone in the community by encouraging people to be more active in their everyday lives,” said Fysh, the City’s recreation services manager.

The City is losing some money by offering these initiatives to the public. But did we mention they’re free to the public?

According to Fysh, free public skating at indoor city ranks has been around for quite some time. Free swimming, on the other hand, is something new the city tried for the first time this year.

It has been very popular. As a result, free family, public and teen swimming from 6-11:30 p.m. on Friday nights will continue into the New Year at the Kinsmen Sportsplex.

Fysh also noted that in the two weeks kids are out of school over Christmas break, additional free skates are offered at both the Sportsplex and the Wally Boschuk Arena.

“It just gives an opportunity for kids to come out with their family and participate in some fun activities.

“We want to help people of all ages to get out there and be active, and maybe get rid of some of their winter blues by participating in either swimming or skating,” Fysh said.

Fysh is also hopeful some people who have not swam or skated in a long time, but come out might realize how much fun they can have being active participating in an enjoyable activity.

“I think it's good because you'll get people again interested in those activities and maybe they will want to come out more often,” said Fysh.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Kinsmen Sportsplex

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