Josh Davis - On June 8, Pincher Creek's Committee of the Whole supported a proposal from the Recreation Advisory Committee to implement a free swim pass program for all local youth in grades seven, eight, and nine to commence in the 2016 - 2017 school year. Director of Community Services Diane Burt Stuckey called it a way encourage kids to use the facility, explaining that junior high school students are the group least likely to purchase passes. It may also encourage youth to become engaged in some of the other activities that the recreation department offers.
Mayor Don Anderberg spoke out in support of this proposed program. "I support this as a good start. When we get to the budget direction, it may be possible to expand on the program, if it works."
However, support was not unanimous. Councillor Duane Filipuzzi shared some of his concerns. "Is this unfair to the younger kids, who might wonder why they have to pay when their brothers and sisters don't?"
Councillor Lorne Jackson moved that free swim passed be issued to students in grades seven, eight, and nine, as a pilot program. The motion was carried.