Niagara Falls, ON, October 25, 2017 - A healthy alternative to the traditional “Hallowe’en treat” is now being offered for sale by the City of Niagara Falls. According to Mayor Jim Diodati, offering recreational passes for people to purchase was an easy choice, “As soon as I heard the idea I knew we would want to participate! What a great way to treat our kids by getting them on the ice and active!”
Other communities in Canada and around Ontario have adopted the practice of offering “booklets of passes” for recreational activities including things like public skating, swimming and more.
This year, the City of Niagara Falls has created a $10 booklet that will offer 40 coupons for admission at any public skating hours at the Gale Centre or the Chippawa Willoughby Memorial Arena. The coupon book will be on sale beginning Thursday, October 26th, through to and including Tuesday, October 31st at the following City facilities:
- MacBain Community Centre (evening and weekend hours available)
- Gale Centre Arena (evening and weekend hours available)
- City Hall (M-F 8:30AM- 4:30PM)
At last night’s City Council Meeting, Mayor Diodati said that “This will provide an opportunity to engage the community not only to get active, but to get active at our facilities.” According to statistics posted online by the Niagara Region through “Healthy Kids Niagara,” Niagara’s children have higher rates of asthma and heart disease compared to the provincial average. Statistics Canada shows that only 14% of kids aged 5-11 meet Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. City Council passed the motion to sell the passes unanimously and discussed expanding the program next year to include more City facilities and other activities.
A limited number of booklets are available this year, with only 1000 printed. If tickets are still available they will remain on sale after Hallowe’en. Coupons in the booklets will be valid until March 31, 2018. See www.niagarafalls.ca for customer service hours of operation at participating facilities.
For more information, or to speak with Mayor Diodati contact:
Manager, Office of the Mayor and CAO
City of Niagara Falls
Phone: 905 356 7521 ext. 4206