Summer in Blackfalds is full of exciting activities

Summer 2014 is shaping up to an exciting time in the town of Blackfalds.

MELODIE STOL

Summer 2014 is shaping up to an exciting time in the town of Blackfalds. Many great family orientated activities have been planned and we hope visitors and residents alike will enjoy all that has been planned.

The aquatic centre and dinosaur playground at the Abbey Centre are now open! The aquatic centre hours are posted on the Town web site at http://www.blackfalds.com/abbey-centre-home. There are designated lane swim times, swimming lessons, aqua fitness and plenty of public swim opportunities to fit your schedule.

Please check our 2014 Spring & Summer Community Program Guide and the web site for fees and additional information.

Discover Camp Curious, our Summer Day Camp program, is open to 30 campers each week throughout July and August. Registrations are still being accepted and are available through the web site or at the Abbey Centre. The program, based at the Abbey Centre, will keep kids active and entertained.

The Tayles Park Water Spray Park opened on May 30th and offers a great playground, splash park and gazebo where many picnics and birthday parties are held. These park and picnic spaces are first come, first serve and provide a great no-cost summertime activity.

Blackfalds Days will be held June 13–15th and there are lots of new activities which have been added to the weekend!

In addition to the traditional events such as the Slo-Pitch Tournament, Youth Octagon Dance and the Show and Shine, people can take part in the Family Amazing Race, Family Movie night and the ‘Humans vs. Zombies’ game hosted by the Octagon Club. Food and fundraising are always a big part of a community celebration and Town council will be serving up a delicious pancake breakfast, as well as there are two additional barbecue lunches and strawberries and ice cream being served up on Saturday. Proceeds from the various meals are used to support not-for-profit and charitable groups in Blackfalds.

The 2014 Blackfalds Days Brochure will be coming out soon – so stay tuned.

Canada Day celebrations are planned for July 1st beginning at 1 p.m. at Tayles Water Park, with cupcakes and family fun. Join the celebrations at All Star Park at 8 p.m. and enjoy the fireworks which will begin at dusk.

The Blackfalds Agricultural Society is the proud sponsor of the Blackfalds Farmers Market. This season the market is on Thursdays until Sept. 25th from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Blackfalds Community Hall.

The energetic new market manager is Maria Pais-Martins and interested vendors should contact her at 403-392-0546.

The later afternoon time provides convenience for shoppers after work. Rain or shine, we hope that you will be able to come out and support local farmers, artisans and home-based businesses.

Great community events and activities like this don’t just happen. They require volunteers, citizens and staff to work together for success. These activities help people to get to know their neighbors and build a sense of community. Kids are given positive activities to direct their time and energy.

Economic activity occurs that builds our business sector. I hope that people feel welcome to join in the fun and step forward to help in the planning and delivery of the events. I look forward to seeing you in Blackfalds this summer!

Melodie Stol is the mayor of Blackfalds.