REC REPORT: Keeping youth active at the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre

Grand Forks Recreation recommends keeping youth active this winter at the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre.

Remember the participation badges back in elementary school? You tried so hard to earn a bronze, silver, gold or excellence.

Remember all the active games we played as kids, running, jumping and climbing? Those were the days and the only time you went indoors was lunch and bed time.  How time evolved and those active games were replaced by the electronic games and little active play.

Our younger generation has developed more health issues, and obesity levels in our children today has reached an all time high. Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC) would like to help bring that level back down and get our children into active and healthier life styles.

Make free-time a fun, regular time for active play.

Give children and youth the opportunity to play freely and spontaneously after school and on the weekends by letting them decide what they like to do. They can connect with other children at the playground, play a game of hide-and-seek, dance or explore nature. Create a safe, open area at home, either indoors or outdoors, with balls and toys that encourage active play.

Create an environment that helps foster imagination and spontaneity, with access to items to build a fort, a costume trunk and music.

Accept that teens and “tweens” need free time to play without direct supervision, and without the assumption they are “up to no good.”

Look into different play spaces, like fields or nature areas, to help facilitate active play. Check out Grand Forks’ aquatic centre and arena during the winter months enjoy a swim or skate.


Child and youth stocking stuffer five passes are on sale for the month of December.

These passes make great gifts and will help you with your shopping.


Seniors are invited to come to the 26th Annual Seniors Tea held at the aquatic centre lobby on Wednesday, Dec. 12. We ask that you bring a snack to share with the others. Join the group for Christmas caroling and socializing before the holiday rush begins.


Santa will be visiting Christina Lake on Friday, Dec. 14 at the community hall from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Santa will be there for a short visit before rushing off to get ready for Christmas.

Please pick up a December flyer for details on the upcoming community events, or give GFREC a call at 250-442-2202 or email us at

Just Posted

Residents push Grand Forks council to support with flood buyouts

Staff estimate a $6.6 million difference between pre and post-flood value for Grand Forks buyouts

Boundary District Arts Council folds amid financial questions

The last board took over in November and could not find receipts for $8,000 in spending

BCSS grads come home to celebrate 50 years

*Hairstyles and outfits may have changed since graduation

City clears up purchase history on 70th Ave. timeline

The properties were offered to BC Housing for a supportive housing project in March

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Trudeau says Ottawa open to proposals for B.C. refinery as gas prices soar

Prime minister says he knows B.C. residents are struggling and the federal government is open to ideas

Clock’s ticking to share how you feel about Daylight Saving Time in B.C.

Provincial public survey ends at 4 p.m. on Friday

B.C. First Nation’s group using ads in Texas targeting company for fuel spill

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

BCSS grads come home to celebrate 50 years

*Hairstyles and outfits may have changed since graduation

Most Read