By Kenyon Stronski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Coming up on three years now, the Town of Taber has been running a ‘drop-in’ programming for their various facilities. These programs include a walk-about at the community centre auditorium, badminton, pickleball, volleyball, basketball, skating, and shinny.
“The inspiration behind starting this all was to promote the facilities and utilize them because we have a lot of great spaces that aren’t always being used. This is a cheaper form of activity for people other than just signing up for hockey or dance or swimming. It’s also not age-specific so anyone can come and pay for a few hours of skating. For something like the shinny, there is a season pass for that, otherwise, it’s just cash at the large ice door or a punch pass,” said Kory Ostrup, assistant recreation manager.
Ostrup stressed the best place to get information on the programming is to look at the calendar on the town’s website at http://www.taber.ca/town-services/advanced-components/basic-pages/calendar-month-view as the programs are subject to change if someone were to book the facility during the drop-in time or due to COVID restrictions.
“While we charge for our skating, walking around the community centre is free.”
“Now that the weather is cold, I believe we are going to see more people walking inside, as there’s just more people indoors in general. We’ve had an uptake on our volleyball and basketball times as well but badminton hasn’t seen much of a change,” continued Ostrup.
Ostrup also noted they’re always looking at new ideas for the program.
“It depends a lot on the interest, budget, and manpower when it comes to setting stuff up or taking stuff down. We also have to move around our regular user groups so we don’t interfere with anything they are doing.”
Badminton, pickleball, volleyball, basketball and the walk-about are all at the auditorium while the skates and shinnies take place on the large ice.