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A common gathering place of the community, the Amherst Stadium, is a friendly and accessible facility for all Amherst citizens.

A common gathering place of the community, the Amherst Stadium, is a friendly and accessible facility for all Amherst citizens. 

A common gathering place of the community, the Amherst Stadium, is a friendly and accessible facility for all Amherst citizens. 

These features are a direct result of objectives in Amherst’s Physical Activity Strategy and, where applicable, Amherst’s 2016-2017 youth ice pilot policy for youth programs. 

Earlier in January “A” Place to Play, the Outdoor Skating Surface, opened downtown for the public to enjoy. The skating surface is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and welcomes skaters of all ages and skill levels. 

From regular monitoring in the first month, we’ve counted over 800 skaters taking advantage of the outdoor skating surface, many local users as well as visitors from surrounding communities.

Even with the colder temperatures, many of the town’s parks and trails continue to be used on a daily basis. With the extraordinary amount of snow this past week, there is no better time to get active and rent a pair of snowshoes for free from the YMCA, library or Amherst Stadium.

Take advantage of Amherst’s trails and green (more like ‘white’) spaces and help Amherst achieve its goal in being the most active and healthy community in Nova Scotia!

The public washroom at Dickey Park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and when time permits operations will be clearing the walking track at Dickey Park, creating another option for Amherst to be active.

The downtown Big Block Walk continues to be a popular option for activity and for those who live, work and play in the downtown area. The ‘A’ community takes pride in our recreation facilities and would like to thank everyone who helps keep them clean and safe all year round.

The community of Amherst is hosting “Celebrating 150 Years of Heart, Culture & Play,” the third Annual Winter Carnival, this weekend.  

Take advantage of “A” Place to Play Skating Surface daily, various events throughout the town, facilities and parks and all the fun activities Amherst organizations have planned during this long weekend.

For a full Winter Carnival activity schedule please visit amherst.ca and check for updates on @AmherstRecreationDepartment on Facebook.

Information for this week’s column has been provided by Amherst facilities co-ordinator Corey Crocker. If you have facility questions or would like to book a facility, you can reach Corey by calling (902) 667-6503.

Learn what else is happening around the community by visiting amherst.ca, following our Facebook page @AmherstRecreationDepartment, Twitter page @TownofAmherstNS, and by tuning in to 107.9 at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday mornings. If you have questions or information to share, email amherstrecreation@amherst.ca or call 902-667-6500. Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst this weekend:

·      Winter Friday Fun & Face Painting

·      Pancake Specials around Amherst & Special Olympics Charity Breakfast

·      U14 Girls Basketball Tournament

·      Hospital Bowling Fundraiser

·      Canada 150 Bingo & Skating

·      YMCA Fitness Classes, Swims and Activities

·      Chili Cook-Off Challenge

·      TaeKwon-Do Demo

·      Amherst Winter Carnival Heritage Day Hockey Classic

Karen Brookins is the communications and marketing co-ordinator for the Town of Amherst.

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