The Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club is the delighted recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Government of Canada’s ‘New Horizon for Seniors’ program.
The grant will allow the new club to purchase senior-friendly equipment, and offer an ‘Introduction to Lawn Bowling’ program for older adults this summer.
“Seniors are often confronted with a number of limitations, including health and social issues when it comes to accessing quality recreational programming,” stated Sally Mills, President of the Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club. “This grant will allow the Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club to purchase smaller and lighter bowls, bowl lifters and bowl pushers (similar to the stick used in curling) to allow everyone to fully participate and enjoy this gentle sport along with other able-bodied bowlers.” Lawn bowling is often referred to as “curling on grass”, as the rules and terms are similar to ice curling, but without the sweeping.
“Although lawn bowling is enjoyed by all ages, it particularly appeals to older adults”, Mills explained. It is a social, outdoor sport that can be played by all ages and genders together. Lawn bowling is easy to learn, but challenging to master. Those interested in learning the game can get a jump start with our fun and inclusive ‘Introduction to Lawn Bowling’ program this July.”
The club has partnered with the Town of Bracebridge’s Recreation Department to offer ‘Introduction to Lawn Bowling’ programs. The program specifically for older adults will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, July 10, 12, 17, and 19, from 10am to 12pm, for $60 at the new facility located on the grounds of the Muskoka Highlands Golf Links at 1036 South Monck Drive in Bracebridge. The program has limited space. Those interested in any of the ‘Introduction to Lawn Bowling’ programs can find all the information at http://muskokabowls.ca/?page_id=628.
“I am pleased that the Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club has received this New Horizon funding. I am certain the injection of dollars for equipment upgrades and new program introduction will help boost the club’s membership, and provide a more enriching experience for all bowlers. I know the club provides a valuable service to its members, many of them seniors. The physical fitness and social benefits offered are a great value to the community. I look forward to visiting the club soon, and wish the membership a successful season ahead,” said Tony Clement, Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka.
Mayor Graydon Smith congratulated the Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club. “This new facility is an important asset for our community. The Town is pleased to be working with the Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club to introduce older adults to a new, low-impact healthy sport that supports physical activity, quality of life, and social interaction. Sally Mills, President of the Club, has been instrumental in bringing lawn bowling to Bracebridge. We thank her for her dedication and fundraising efforts. I look forward to trying the sport myself when the lawns open this summer.”
The lawn bowling club completed construction of its bowling green in the fall of 2016. Mills explained that, “the new grass requires time to become well-established and able to withstand the wear and tear of lawn bowling. We expect to open by early July.”
Mills said that, “We are offering those participants who wish to become full members in the Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club an opportunity to deduct their ‘Introduction to Lawn Bowling’ program fee from the membership fee. The adult membership fee will be $250 per year, but due to our shortened 2017 season, the membership fee will be $150. When you join as member after completing the ‘Introduction to Lawn Bowling’, the membership will be very affordable at just $90 for unlimited play for the rest of the 2017 season.”
The Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club is grateful to New Horizons for Seniors for the opportunity to offer expanded programming to the community. The specialized equipment will be suitable for those of any age with lower strength and/or mobility issues.
‘Introduction to Lawn Bowling’ programs, membership details, and more information is available on the Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club website at www.muskokabowls.ca or by contacting Sally Mills at 705-646-0086.