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City of Abbotsford offers free summer art and recreation programs

Activities include Pop-ups in the Park at various locations
Mill Lake Park is among the locations where the City of Abbotsford is holding free pop-up activities throughout the summer. (Abbotsford News file photo)

The City of Abbotsford is offering several free summer programs, including outdoor fitness classes, outdoor sports, Culture Kits and volunteer programs.

Low-cost summer camps for kids ages six to 12 are also available.

As well, there will be a new event series – Go Play Outside Pop-ups in the Park – which will take place at various locations across Abbotsford with free outdoor recreation and arts and culture programming for the whole family.

There is also a Go Play Outside Summer 2020 artist in residence, co-sponsored by the Abbotsford Arts Council.

Featured artist Luke Pardy is an emerging fine-art photographer living and working in the Fraser Valley.

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He works in traditional analogue methods combined with digital technology. Pardy is interested in stories of people existing on the edges of society and how being an outsider informs the way one sees the world.

All of the Go Play Outside experiences are meant to be accessible for all community members to and will follow physical-distancing requirements.

Upcoming pop-up activities run from 1 to 4 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

• July 19, Swensson Park

• July 23, Albert Dyck Memorial Park

• July 29, Mill Lake (Ware Street entrance)

• Aug. 6, Eagle Mountain Park

• Aug. 9, Albert Dyck Memorial Park

• Aug. 14, Swensson Park

• Aug. 22, Mill Lake (Emerson Street/waterpark entrance)

• Aug. 26, DeLair Park

The pop-up events do not require registration. For more information about other programs or to register, visit and click on the “Go Play Outside” link.

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