Sparwood celebrates 50 years with 50 cent swims and skates

Throughout January, the District of Sparwood will be celebrating its 50th year anniversary with 50 cent swims and skates.

Throughout January, the District of Sparwood will be celebrating its 50th year anniversary with 50 cent swims and skates. The anniversary marks when the District of Sparwood was formed; there were towns and villages prior to the districts creation.

While there have already been two swims and a skate, there are two skates and a swim left this month.

Skating will take place at the Sparwood Recreation Centre and will be on Jan. 21 from 7  to 8 p.m. and Jan. 25 from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. The last swim of the month will be on Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The purpose is not only to celebrate the anniversary and let people take advantage of cheaper rates, but it also showcases Sparwood’s facilities.

“For people that have not been down here, our pool is really incredible. The murals in there were done by a local artist and if you haven’t seen the pool you need to,” said Catherine Stearns, a Sparwood citizen. “It is a nice warm atmosphere.”

The art was created while the pool was open, allowing the Recreation Centre users to see the works progression while enjoying their swim.

“I think they are fantastic. I saw them as they were being done. They were made over a period of time and while swimming was in session. The murals were painted by local artist Sue Hanlon,” said Stearns. “I lived in Calgary before and I think we have fantastic facilities here.”

There are many more activities planned for Sparwood’s semi-centennial that will stretch over the rest of the year. For event dates, listing and updates, visit


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