Best value to get fit is through Parks and Rec!

Published December 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm


Whether you are new to the Mississauga or have lived here all your life, a great way to connect with your community is through Mississauga Parks and Rec.  You can join activities to improve your fitness level, skills, and knowledge, or join just for some fun.

Connect2Rec is the easiest way to find information about the programs and facilities available.  The system includes a search engine which allows to you to quickly narrow down the programs and activities that are best for you.  Once you find the program that you like, it’s easy to register.  Create a Family Pin and Client Number which you can get by filling out this online form.

You can register each member of your family.  The Connect2Rec site is smart enough to allow you to register for age appropriate programs.  It will also keep a history of the programs you have registered for, and if required, you can cancel your registration at no cost (with at least a week’s notice).

Mississauga’s Parks and Rec. pricing is very reasonable.  At times, you will find the cost is 30-50% less compared to the rest of the GTA.  Although the online payment system is secure, registration and payments can also be handled by calling their customer service line at 905-615-4100, or by dropping into the Central Library or any of the community centres.

Programs include learn-to-skate, power skating, swimming lessons, basketball and soccer.  There are also boot camps, youth camps, and events like breakfast with Santa.  Learn to cook or how to use Excel.  There are also drop-in activities for swim, skate and fitness.  You can find the full list of programs here.

At the time of registration, many of the youth programs that may qualify based on the Canada Revenue Agency’s criteria for the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit are identified.  After registration, you will receive a receipt that you may submit when filing your income tax.

There are also opportunities to rent ice, artificial turf, gyms and party rooms.   All indoor ice rinks in Mississauga are booked through Connect2Rec.   There are 3 outdoor artificial ice rinks in Mississauga: Woodhurst Heights Park , the new Celebration Square, and  Burnhamthorpe Community Centre.  The Burnhamthorpe Community Centre rink is covered, and while they have some times listed for free skates and shinny, it can also be rented.

Mississauga no longer automatically mails a program book outlining the courses and activities that are available to your home, likely to save trees and money.  However, you can still obtain a paper copy at all community centres. 

As someone who takes advantage of the programs and facilities through the city of Mississauga, they continue to meet my family’s needs and expectations.  The customer service line is also quite helpful and it’s rare that you have to wait more than a few minutes.  In an effort to improve, a survey is e-mailed to participants at the end of each program.  There have been improvements to service, and changes to pricing in the recent past, based on survey responses.

The number of programs continues to expand and although the prices have crept up a little over the last few years, they are still a bargain.  The flexibility of the available times for popular programs helps to fit the Mississauga Parks and Rec. programs into busy schedules.

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