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Region of Queens to host Turf and Surf weekend

QUEENS COUNTY – Queens County residents should plan to get outside and get active June 2 and 3.

That’s when, as part of National Fitness Day, the Region of Queens Municipality’s Recreation and Healthy Communities Department will be offering a Turf and Surf weekend. 

For the turf portion June 2, Homegrown Skateboards will lead an afternoon of activities set to happen from 1-5 p.m. at the Mersey Skate Park. Jesse Watson and Jefferson Muise, from Homegrown Skateboards, will be on hand to help with trick tips, balance and momentum strategies and physics homework. The focus of this session is to provide a welcoming, easygoing environment to anyone interested in starting to skate or continuing to develop her or his skills. 

There will also be individual and group instruction scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., with park etiquette, use of the various parts of the park, use and knowledge of personal gear, calculated risk in trick development and personal safety among the topics covered. 

The event is open to all ages and skill levels, but anyone interested in the instructional session must pre-register by May 30 by calling the recreation department at 902-354-5741. The cost is $10.

The final part of the Turf and Surf weekend is an introduction to surfing with Jeff Norman. 

Norman is an accredited surf instructor who has been operating a local surf shop since 1998. This one-hours session is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. on June 3 at White Point Beach Resort. 

Class size is limited to 10 participants and is open to ages 12 and up. Participants must re-register by May 30. The cost is $25 and includes wet suits, boards, instruction and a resort day pass.

For more information about National Health and Fitness Day, visit

Did you know? June 2 marks National Health and Fitness Day in Canada. It takes place annually on the first Saturday in June. Communities across Canada mark the day with local events to celebrate being active, promote the use of indoor and outdoor sport and fitness facilities, and encourage a more active lifestyle for Canadians. The Region of Queens has hosted National Health and Fitness Day since it began in 2014. In 2017, the Region was among 270 cities, towns and municipalities to participate in this initiative across Canada. 

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