Seniors getting active at the arena


BARRY’S BAY – Thanks to a grant, anyone 50 years of age and over can get active at the arena while having some fun.

Recreation Economic Development Coordinator Paul Nopper indicated that the Township of Madawaska Valley (MV) received a grant of approximately $3,000. It is designated for created a social atmosphere, where people could get together and have fun.

Nopper said that they are always looking for alternative uses for the Paul J. Yakabuski Arena, and ways for people to get active in a manner that is affordable, or free.

He indicated that the grant allows for an hour-long free skate, for seniors only, each Wednesday beginning at 2 p.m.

The program began on October 8 and will run until March of next year, and is not only for residents of MV Township. Anyone 50 and up can take advantage of the free ice-skating, he said.

On October 29, a group of skaters took to the ice for some fun and exercise. A few of them shared with the Gazette that they are delighted that they have this time on the ice to themselves, as it is much quieter than during a family skate. They said they can take their time going around the rink and are able to chat with other skaters.

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