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Snowshoe program proving popular in Amherst

A snowshoe lending program being offered in Amherst and other locations across Cumberland County is proving very popular. Amherst facilities co-ordinator Corey Crocker (left), Jeff MacNeil from the Cumberland YMCA and Amherst’s active lifestyles co-ordinator Tamara Porter are shown with just some of the snowshoes that can be borrowed.
A snowshoe lending program being offered in Amherst and other locations across Cumberland County is proving very popular. Amherst facilities co-ordinator Corey Crocker (left), Jeff MacNeil from the Cumberland YMCA and Amherst’s active lifestyles co-ordinator Tamara Porter are shown with just some of the snowshoes that can be borrowed. - Darrell Cole

24 sets of snowshoes and poles often out on loan

AMHERST – When Trayci Metzger was looking for an outdoor activity for the younger members of her powerlifting club it didnt take long for her to visit the Amherst Stadium to borrow several sets of snowshoes.

They loved it, she said of the activity. We did a lot of training activities wearing the snowshoes and they really seemed to enjoy it. Well definitely be using them every week if theyre available.

In 2015, Cumberland Countys three community health boards purchased 50 sets of snowshoes and Nordic poles. Of that number, 24 are available for daily and weekend use through the Amherst Stadium, Cumberland YMCA and Four Fathers Library.

For Amherst, its part of the towns goal to become the most physically active community in Nova Scotia. While unsure how popular the snowshoes would be, they are amazed at how much of a hit it has become.

We cant keep them in supply theyre so popular, active living co-ordinator Tamara Porter said.

Porter said they are encouraging users to go to places like Dickey Park and the Rotary Centennial Park as well as the towns extensive trail system. She said the snowshoes are useable pretty much everywhere and their popularity has been helped by the fact theres lots of snow to walk on.

The program has also become an addition to the popular after school program After the Bell that also includes shinny hockey, skating and ringette. That program, designed to keep children active, runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Snowshoes are also available at the E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building in Upper Nappan as well as through the libraries and other locations in Springhill, Parrsboro, Advocate, River Hebert, Pugwash and Oxford.

darrell.cole@amherstnews.ca

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