BMGCA reschedules Winter Family Fun Day for Feb....
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Feb 07, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

BMGCA reschedules Winter Family Fun Day for Feb. 10

Ottawa East News

Whiteout weather conditions forced the Briarbrook and Morgan’s Grant Community Association to cancel its annual Winter Family Fun Day, but it’s snow problem.

The event has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10, to coincide with the Hockey Day in Canada weekend, said the community association in a press release.

“Unfortunately our first day was just terrible weather conditions,” said Margaret Sambol, community association secretary. “We really felt like that amount of work that goes into it … I know I felt I wouldn’t take my children out in that weather.

“We do this for the community so we really wanted … the community to come out.”

The rescheduled event will host a number of games and winter activities for people of all ages.

“We are really hoping for good weather on Feb. 10,” she said, adding the new event will correspond with Hockey Day in Canada. “People are thinking about hockey and (can) put on their skates and enjoy Canada’s outdoors in the winter.”

The Winter Family Fun Day takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. in Juanita Snelgrove Park, which is located at 356 Kinghorn Cres. (formerly known as Sandhill Park). Events will include:

* Snowshoe races.

* Tobogganing.

* Shinny.

* Snow art.

* Shoot-to-win hockey challenge.

* Fun activities for dogs.

“Your community volunteers have been working hard at the rink this winter getting the ice ready. This year in addition to our regular rink, we have a puddle rink set up as a safe place for the smaller children to skate,” said release from the association. “There are even fun activities and doggie treats for your four-legged family member – so don’t forget to bring your puppy too at 2 p.m.”

Parking at Juanita Snelgrove Park is limited so families are asked to walk to the event, or park at South March Public School, located at 1032 Klondike Rd.

Free hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be available for community association members and non-members will have a chance to renew or sign up at the event. Annual memberships are $10 per year for families or $15 for two years.

The BMGCA cancelled the original event on Jan. 20 due to high winds and whiteout conditions, but not everyone received the cancellation message.

Winds blowing up to 70 kilometres per hour did not stop Laura, Brandon and Jacob Griffin from going for a skate at Juanita Snelgrove Park. The three braved the wind and cold to attend the annual fun day, but once at the park, found the event had been rescheduled. Not ready to give up, the Griffins began shoveling the rink to have a skate anyway.

Sambol said she hopes those who went out for the original day plan to attend the rescheduled event.

“We really feel terrible,” said Sambol about cancelling the original winter fun day. “We made the call. We were all at the park…with all of our stuff to set up and we couldn’t even see to set up … We really feel bad about the people who we didn’t get that message to.”

Volunteers are needed to help with set up, running games, handing out prizes and cleaning up. Interested volunteers are invited to email

- With files from Michelle Nash

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