The district moves forward with facility openings, summer camps, and art programs. File Photo

Sparwood ramps up recreation activities

The district launched their summer camp, a street banner program, and opened the Fitness Centre

This past week, the District of Sparwood kept busy making changes to their facility operations, starting their summer camp, and launching a street art banner program.

The Sparwood Fitness Centre is now open for public use, however has a number of safety protocols in place. Located within the Sparwood Leisure Centre, the Fitness Centre is open weekdays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., with weekend hours aligning with the opening of the pool, set for mid-July. New guidelines include change room closures, a six person occupancy limit, workouts limited to one hour, a mandatory spray down of used equipment, and the implementation of social distancing.

Upon the reopening of the Leisure Centre, residents with annual or monthly passes will have accounts extended. Annual pass holders will have passes extended by the number of days missed from March 16 until reactivation. Monthly pass holders will have passes extended by the number of days left on their pass upon closure. Drop in tickets are still valid and can be used at the leisure of the holder, however staff requests that all remaining tickets be brought in to be exchanged for a swipe card.

Sparwood Explorers summer camp kicked off July 6, encouraging youngsters to explore the community through a series of active outdoor games and crafts.

Transitioning from a summer long drop in program to a weekly registration process, the Sparwood Recreation Centre is hosting seven individual weeks of summer camp programs. Registration is ongoing all summer, with cut offs on Wednesdays prior to the selected week of camp.

The camps run Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for three to six year olds, and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. for six to 12 year olds. Registration is $30 per child, and includes the price of a backpack.

To accommodate for pandemic restrictions, the number of participants per session has decreased, and the number of camp leaders has increased.

For more day camp information visit the RecDesk website, call 250-425-0552, or email

The District of Sparwood is also launching a new street art banner program, intended to showcase local art while adding vibrancy to community streets. The program will display selected art pieces on a series of aluminum banners hung on utility poles throughout the community.

The district is accepting art submissions in all mediums from artists within the Columbia Basin until August 31, however pieces created in Sparwood or the Elk Valley are preferred. Considered work must depict a love for Sparwood, as well as be connected to themes of community, heritage or environment. Evaluated by the Sparwood council and the street banner advisory group, selected submissions receive a $500 honorarium and are showcased on the district’s website.

“We are really excited to see this project move forward,” said Sparwood mayor, David Wilks. “We were fortunate to secure a $20,000 grant from the Columbia Basin Trust, which allows us to kick off this program and invest in the first set of banners. It is council’s hope that through this program, we can showcase artwork from residents and continue to beautify and connect the community through art.”

Sparwood’s council is currently accepting nominations for youth and senior volunteers to sit on the street banner advisory group. For more information, as well as how to apply, visit

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