Health and Wellness Special Section: NWPRD2 hosts open house on Saturday

Published on Wed, May 2, 2012 by Angela Hamilton

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Northwest Park & Recreation District 2 (NWPRD2) is presenting The Picnic at the Playground and Open House on Saturday, May 5, at Bay Horizon Park at the Birch Bay Activity Center. The event, which encourages residents to “step out for the summer,” will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Those interested in a bike ride by the bay – a great way to ring in National Bike Month – should meet at the park at 9:30 a.m., before the picnic. The bike ride will last about an hour and a half.

People can enjoy a picnic at the playground, and for $1.50, sample quesadillas, healthy snacks and drinks donated by The Market at Birch Bay and cooked by Peg Cutting of Tabletop Gourmet Specialties.

“I’m going to be demonstrating healthy alternatives for snacks and promoting the kids’ camps we will be doing for Northwest Park and Recreation,” Cutting explained.

Part of Cutting’s business is teaching culinary classes, including weekly children’s cooking camps this summer. She said it is important for kids to gain quality cooking skills because it helps them make healthier choices.

The open house will also feature other recreational opportunities NWPRD2 offers. Information will be provided on this month’s ballroom dancing classes, an organized walking group that meets Wednesday mornings, and sign-ups for youth programs.
“We are working with Tutor Doctor to bring summer learning camps – everything from ecology and science classes to pickleball, healthy sport and fitness camps, for kids around ages 7 to 15,” said Heidi Holmes, office manager at NWPRD2.

Other summer programs include swimming lessons for both children and adults at the Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club, Learn to Golf at Rodarco Golf Range, and Learn to Sail sponsored by Drayton Harbor Maritime. NWPRD2 also works with The Drayton Harbor Days committee to present Pirate Daze, an annual festival for kids ages 7 to 12 taking place in August.
Most of the scheduled events are possible because of a levy passed in 2007. The levy proposed last fall failed, making it difficult for new programs and projects to be implemented.

“We’re not able to sponsor as many free events because of funding,” Holmes explained. Although this spring’s events are accounted for, those involved with NWPRD2 are working toward other important projects in the future. “I’d love to try to get some ball fields in the Birch Bay area,” NWPRD2 Commission chair Ted Morris. “The other project I’m passionate about is trying to get a trail system between Birch Bay and Blaine so that we can have safe pedestrian and trail use.”

Morris was elected chair in 2006, when the district was in need of a revival.

“I had recognized that the district had kind of gone in a hiatus for 20 years – they hadn’t done very much – so I got elected and we revitalized it and got it going again,” he said.

Ever since, the district has provided recreational opportunities and maintained parks for the Birch Bay and Blaine communities.
Resources for those interested in assisting the district with operations or events are available.

“Anybody is welcome to help volunteer,” Holmes said. People may also make donations or share ideas at any of the events or by contacting NWPRD2.

The Picnic at the Playground and Open House will be held at Bay Horizon Playground at 7511 Gemini Street in Birch Bay.

For more information, visit www.nwparkandrec.org or call 656-6416.