October 7, 2022 2:15pm
The City of Windsor and the Greater Essex County District School Board have a new partnership to share recreational facilities.
As part of a one-year pilot project, the city will be offering recreational and arts programming out of William G. Davis Public School and Talbot Trail Public School. Programs include basketball, dodgeball, ballet, hip-hop, dramatic arts, and visual arts.
“It’s fantastic to see the city partner to share spaces with our friends at the school board. By using these school properties and facilities, we can provide opportunities in closer proximity to more residents without having to build and maintain new recreation centers, and it is a win-win since the City can share our green space with the students,” said City of Windsor Ward 8 Councilor Gary Kaschak
In exchange for use of the facilities after school hours, the school board will have access to eight City of Windsor parks during regular school hours for student activities.
These parks and facilities include Lanspeary Park, AKO Park, Realtor Park, Riverside Miracle Park, Ford Test Track Park, Forest Glade Optimist Park, Wigle Park, and Bush Park.
“The GECDSB is committed to engaging our communities,” says GECDSB Director of Education Erin Kelly. “This agreement will amplify connections that already exist in school neighborhoods and it will have benefits for our students’ physical and mental health along with enhancing their learning.”
The new agreement took effect on September 1. The City of Windsor programming schedule is available online. Programs will be offered Monday thru Thursday.
Since the pandemic, the City of Windsor has struggled with staffing its usual recreational programs, but Manager of Community Programming Nada Tremblay indicated a recent job fair has allowed them to fill those positions and expand their programming.
“We’re quite pleased with our candidate pool and we’re very excited now and we think we’ve got a great group of new staff,” said Tremblay.