A group fitness class at the Mission Leisure Centre. / File Photo courtesy of the City of Mission

A group fitness class at the Mission Leisure Centre. / File Photo courtesy of the City of Mission

Month-long ParticipACTION events kick off in Mission tomorrow

Free evening activities at Griner park include games, fitness classes, and pump track bike skills

Tomorrow is the start of ParticipACTION, a nation-wide community challenge to see which Canadian town can be the most active.

The City of Mission is holding a full month of free events which kick off Wednesday, June 1, at Griner Park. From 5 to 7 p.m., games, fitness classes, and pump-track bike activities open for all ages.

Mayor Paul Horn said it’s a great time to get active after two year of “hibernation,” adding Mission offers many indoor and outdoor options.

“The Community Better Challenge is the cherry on the healthy fruit salad because all of our combined activities can help us earn $100,000 for a community project,” Horn said.

“We have come close to winning the grand prize in the past, but this year we want to be the best in our category, so please join myself and council in getting your body moving!”

Other activities coming this month include walks, disc golf, hikes, try-it sports, and fitness classes, to name a few.

“This year’s calendar focuses on providing residents of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get out and try something new in a safe and inclusive setting,” said Louisa Fusco, recreation leader of special events.

“I hope the range of activities in our calendar entices everyone to get involved and to have fun while they’re at it.”

Even if Missionites choose not to get involved in organized events, they are encouraged to download the ParticipACTION app to track their minutes of activity, “from walking to gardening to washing dishes, every move counts,” a city press release says.

The community with the most-recorded minutes wins the national competition.

The city won a BC Community Award in 2019 allowing it to use the $10,000 prize money to offer micro-grants back to local community groups.

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