Summer fun right at home

By: Theresa Oswald, MLA for Seine River

As published in The Lance

July 10, 2013

How wonderful it is to welcome the warmth and promise of summer at last! The kids are out of school and looking for ways to beat the heat and keep themselves occupied over the next couple of months.

Many of you will be heading out to enjoy one of the many beautiful beaches or campgrounds that we are so very fortunate to have so close to home. Although everyone loves a chance to get away, let’s not forget the many exciting things happening right here in our community.

The Dakota Water Play Park located next to the Jonathan Toews Community Centre has everything a family with young children needs for a cool and relaxing summer day. In fact, the first annual readers’ survey conducted by Canstar Community News voted it the best local splashpad/wading pool in Winnipeg.

The many activities and programs offered by our community centres are bound to keep Manitobans of all ages active throughout the summer. From yoga and pilates to dodgeball and floor hockey, these centres offer something for everyone.

Of course, there are summer hockey camps for those dreaming of following in the footsteps of local hockey great Jonathan Toews as well as summer sports camps for soccer and basketball.

It’s all about fun and skill development for everyone in our community.

Another excellent place for a great weekend in the sun is at the MTS Super-Spike Volleyball Tournament held every year at the Maple Grove Rugby Park located at the corner of St. Mary’s Road and the Perimeter. This tournament offers levels of volleyball for everyone, from the highly skilled to first time players.

Participants and spectators are treated to an amazing atmosphere with live bands, festival style entertainment, interactive vendors, and a refreshing beverage garden. If you’re looking to do a little volunteering this summer, this event is a great opportunity to support the Women’s National Volleyball Team! You can contact the organizers at volunteers@superspike.ca to sign up.

Residents in southeast Winnipeg will no doubt enjoy taking walks along our many local bike paths and walking trails, visiting parks, attending garage sales and enjoying a cold drink at the many fine restaurants and patios in our neighbourhood.

But whether you find yourself spending time at local community centres, participating in neighbourhood sport programs or enjoying your own backyard, the key thing to remember is to enjoy the summer and revel in the pleasure of enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. Summer in Manitoba is all about fun!