City gives 90-year-olds a break on recreation fees

Recreational activities will be free for older seniors in the community next year

Recreational activities will be free for older seniors in the community next year.

Anyone 90-years-old and older will be granted free lifetime membership to the city’s 50+ Active Living Program, effective in 2012. The recommendation was put forward by the city’s Seniors’ Advisory Commission and supported and adopted by city council at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

“We felt it was a way to recognize our active seniors,” said Coun. Mary Storry, who is the council liaison to the seniors’ commission.

The 50+ Active Living Program is offered to adults 50-years-old and older and promotes an active lifestyle by offering healthy activities. The program holds several special events year-round such as birthday celebrations, Lunch Bunch, potluck dinners, dances, workshops and promotional events. Membership in the program currently costs $17 per year for all seniors.

Lee Rumley, the vice-chair of the seniors committee, noted several communities on the Lower Mainland provide older seniors with free use of their parks, recreation and culture activities.