Trail Parks & Recreation is teaming up with Movin’ Mountains Therapy Services to host free sensory-friendly skating in the Kids Rink at the Trail Memorial Centre. This new collaboration is generously funded by the Murphy Family Foundation as part of the foundation’s $370,000 USD contribution to the City of Trail over the span of six years to go toward rink upgrades to accommodate a longer operating season and free community programs. Four free sensory-friendly skates will take place from April through June 2022. All the details are available at www.trail.ca/SensorySkates

“The sensory-friendly skates provide a unique opportunity for kids and families who might face barriers when accessing public skates. Things like bright lights, noise and large groups of people can prevent some kids and families from accessing recreation opportunities,” said Erin Meggait, owner of Movin’ Mountains Therapy Services. “These skates are designed to remove barriers and improve accessibility, so everyone can experience and enjoy ice skating in a supportive environment.”

During the sensory-friendly skates, the Kids Rink will be modified to accommodate low lighting and minimal noise and smells. The skates will be held during some of the Trail Memorial Centre’s quieter times, and attendance will be limited to avoid crowding. A designated quiet and warming zone next to the rink will be equipped with colouring books and sensory toys. Sensory kits including ear protection, sunglasses and information booklets will also be available, along with free skate rentals and skate assists.

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