City’s recreation programs too popular?

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A little patience and a lot of luck may grant parents a coveted spot in one of the city Leisure Guide's learn-to-skate or learn-to-swim programs for their children, as waiting lists continue to balloon every year.

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A little patience and a lot of luck may grant parents a coveted spot in one of the city Leisure Guide’s learn-to-skate or learn-to-swim programs for their children, as waiting lists continue to balloon every year.

Dan Prokopchuk of community development and recreation services said the first day of registration is always the busiest time. In just the first two hours alone on Monday about 9,000 people registered and, by the end of the day, it was more than 13,000 — most of which were for programs of children under the age of 12.

“We don’t know how many individuals are trying to get through,” Prokopchuk said. “If we’ve actually registered 9,000 people, then the number of people actually trying to get through would probably be in the tens of thousands.”

The city-run programs also include gymnastics as well as dance lessons, but Prokipchuk said the high demand is for parents to secure a spot for their children in the skating and swimming programs, which creates a backlog every year.

“This isn’t a budget situation,” he said. “We’re looking to hire more instructors so we can offer more programming or classes, particularly for the learn-to-swim program.”

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