On Jan. 28, several parks held an event called “winter fun day” to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday. The parks partaking in the event included Big Marlborough Park, Bowness Park, Carburn Park, Confederation Park and Prince’s Island Park.
Winter fun day was a free event for people of all ages.
“A lot of people know about (the) event [winter fun day for Canada 150]. We’ve been marketing through social media but also through news coverage and the city website,” said Hadi Fares, a staff member with the City of Calgary.
Activities at each park included outdoor skating, nature education games, hot refreshments, music and a toasty fire.
Prince’s Island Park hosted complimentary horse-drawn wagon rides, Big Marlborough Park featured a mobile adventure playground where kids could explore, imagine and rediscover and play in their own way.
Complimentary hot chocolate and coffee were offered at Confederation Park, Carburn Park, Prince’s Island Park and Big Marlborough Park courtesy of Tim Hortons, and hot chocolate was available at Bowness Park courtesy of Seasons Bowness.
Michael Werbisky of Wild Wild West Events Centre got involved with events such as the winter fun day almost 33 years ago.
Wild Wild West did the wagon rides during the ’88 Winter Olympics. Because they have done some other work with the parks and recreation department Werbisky said that they are sort of the go-to to contract for horse activities.
“I’m familiar with Canada’s 150, I’m glad to be part of it,” said Werbisky.
Marni Glendenning, who attended the celebration, said she found out about the event through the website.
“I know about Canada’s 150, it is very exciting, we got our park passes and everything.”
Fares says preparation for events like this starts months in advance.
The event went from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at each venue, and the weather made for a great day.