Donna Pura leads a class in Zumba dance at the Penticton Parks and Recreation Centre. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is seeking guidance from the school district on regional recreation.                                (Mark Brett/Western News)

Donna Pura leads a class in Zumba dance at the Penticton Parks and Recreation Centre. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is seeking guidance from the school district on regional recreation. (Mark Brett/Western News)

RDOS seeks school district guidance on recreation

The regional district hopes to get SD 67 involved in a regional recreation task force

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is looking to get Penticton’s school district involved in a recreation task force.

Okanagan Skaha School District board of education is expected to hear from staff on the regional district’s regional recreation development strategy, which will include a task force on the topic.

The agenda for Monday night’s school board meeting includes a request from RDOS to have someone from School District 67 participate in the regional recreation task force.

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In an outline of the program, the RDOS said it is hoping to improve access to recreation in the area by a variety of means, including policies, public awareness and “targeted interventions.”

“We will review current participation and resource trends dedicated to healthy living by conducting regional physical activity assessments throughout our communities,” the outline reads. “The task force will develop targeted interventions to address physical activity needs.”

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RDOS is also looking to work with partners, such as Interior Health, work on leadership development, including through SD67 and the Penticton Indian Band, and work on its communications.

The task force is expected to include five to nine members, with participation from Interior Health, municipal recreation, rural recreation, First Nations, seniors, youth, a physical activity expert and a non-profit.

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