Build it and they will come, reasoned a handful of hardy mountain bikers in
Red Deer. Sixteen years ago, they wanted to create a dedicated park where
they could enjoy the sport. The municipal government supported the idea and
today, the Red Deer Mountain Bike Park attracts riders from Red Deer and area
who range in age from seven to the 70s. The park has seven kilometres of trails,
which are free to use.
“Mountain biking has really caught on here, in part because of a passionate
group of people who wanted a local legacy,” says City of Red Deer parks
superintendent Trevor Poth, himself an enthusiastic mountain biker. “We’re
seeing a new group of multi-generational mountain bikers, entire families who
are getting active in a wilderness area that’s in the
middle of an urban environment.”
To learn more about the park, visit reddeer.ca
and search Red Deer Mountain Bike Park.
In Edmonton, they’re learning to roll with it. Lawn bowling is gaining more
and more participants, from hipsters seeking the next new thing to retirees who
are looking for ways to meet others while keeping fit.
“It’s popular here because there are several clubs, it is inexpensive, it can be
played by anyone from nine to 90, and it gets you outdoors and active,” says
Pat Vos, a lawn bowler who is executive director of the Lawn Bowls Association
of Alberta. “It keeps you flexible and it is pretty much full-body movement,
too. The bowls have a little bit of weight to them, so you are lunging, which is a
marvelous exercise with lots of walking.”
Among the lawn bowling clubs in Edmonton is one of the most pedigreed in
Canada—the Commonwealth Lawn Bowling Club, which boasts four bowling
greens and hosted the 1978 Commonwealth Games bowls tournament observed
by the Queen. Smashing!
Visit bowls.ab.ca to find a lawn bowling club in your area.