Harrison families brought into Kent’s economic access plan

Half price passes could help low income families access recreational programs

Families and individuals with lower incomes in Harrison Hot Springs will soon be able to access recreational programs at a reduced rate in the District of Kent.

The recreation department in Kent provides a wide range of activities, from soccer to yoga programs, an outdoor pool and full gym.

Residents of Kent can already apply for the “economic access program,” but the program was not available for residents of Harrison, meaning some people who have applied have been turned down in the past.

However, at Monday night’s council meeting, Harrison Coun. John Buckley put forward a motion that the Village join the program.

Council was unanimously in favour of joining the program, which will require a $2,000 payment from the Village to the District.

It’s a good move for the Village, Buckley said, adding “this will help some people out.”

Currently, the economic access program helps out families with lower incomes, and gives them special opportunities to register in programs. For example, family members can sign up for two programs per year at a 50 per cent reduced rate.

Applications are kept confidential.

No date was given for when the program would open to Harrison residents.

Coun. Buckley is the Village’s liaison for the Healthy Communities committee.

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