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Seniors Celebrate Spring in Sold Out Event

05-Apr-2012

Over five hundred seniors filed in to Exhibition Park today to take in the annual Spring Fest activities. Participants enjoyed live entertainment, bingo, games, cash prizes, and a lunch complete with strawberry shortcake for dessert. 

 “Springfest has grown from about two hundred participants annually to well over four hundred in the past couple of years,” says Leisure Services coordinator, Helen Bridgeo. “Tickets sell out well in advance of the event.”

Springfest is one of over a dozen events held throughout the year for seniors in Saint John.  The City of Saint John, through its community enrichment programme, interacts daily with over 26 seniors clubs.  The City acts as a liaison among the various clubs, providing meeting space, event coordination and financial support of various events that engage our seniors in wellness activities.

Bridgeo attributes the growing popularity of the events to a more active and aware senior population.  “Seniors are living longer and becoming more and more aware of how to stay fit and well.  It’s more than just being physically active – it’s about overall wellness of the mind, body and spirit.  Getting out and socializing with friends is just as important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle at any age.”

The sold-out Springfest 2012 took place Thursday, April 5 at Exhibition Park from 12pm – 3pm.

For more information about seniors activities in Saint John, citizen can call the City’s Leisure Services department at 658-2908 or visit www.saintjohn.ca/seniors.