Last year the “Anyone Can Join” program subsidized 57 people through Oliver Parks and Recreation.
The 2018 annual report reveals the program funded 19 camp registrations, eight weight room passes, four taekwondo registrations, six pool passes, seven baseball registrations, three soccer registrations and 10 Red Cross swim lessons.
The program is subsidized by the generous support of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association and the Oliver Legion.
In 2018, 75 participants registered for Tai Chi, while 200 attended badminton as drop-in members.
Two hundred children attended the spring lacrosse program, while 450 adults took part in pickleball.
Last year Oliver Parks and Rec worked with community partners to create an inclusive tykes playground in Community Park, and provide grant-in-aid to the Open Door Group, South Okanagan Special Olympics, the MS group and Parkinson’s Society of BC.
Oliver Parks and Rec also promoted the “Small Wheels” park project and tree planting in Lion’s Park, and introduced a “pocket ashtray” initiative to reduce cigarette waste.
In 2018 the society maintained the Joint-Use Agreement with School District 53 to see increased use of the high school and two elementary school facilities. It also developed a new partnership with the Oliver Seniors Centre for leisure activities.
In addition, the society upgraded its security cameras and extended a baseball diamond dugout (with cover).
Last year the society recruited and retained approximately 65 volunteers aged 12-70. They put in a total of 568 hours of work on various events and programs.