Family affair

Family Affair: Family Day celebrated in Windsor-Essex

Across the province, people are enjoying the end of a long weekend.

It’s Family Day in Ontario and there was plenty to do in Windsor-Essex for the first time in two years.

The Atlas Tube Recreation Center in Lakeshore welcomed more than 1,500 people who participated in several activities.

“We have public skating, we have badminton in the gym, we have basketball in the gym, we have a lot of recreational swimming and all that kind of stuff,” says Dave Orshinsky, recreation team leader.

Tyler Beckett and Grant Kozachanko hosted a shinny game for their kids.

“You don’t know how many times they just ask us to free skate, so it’s two hours of free skating, no pressure and they’re having fun,” Beckett said.

“Those are the things kids should be doing, aren’t they. Exercise, community, coming together like this. It’s wonderful,” Kozachanko says.

The municipality closed the event with a fireworks display.

Above normal temperatures allowed families to enjoy the holidays outdoors, filling public playgrounds.

“Most of the time we just got locked inside. I brought my other child, we swing and have fun here at the park, ”tells a mother to CTV Windsor, who brought her children to Miracle Park in East Windsor.

At Lanspeary Park, the outdoor rink was open all day for public rentals.

“Actually, you can be without a mask because we’re outside, which is good,” said a grandfather who surprised his grandson in action.

Inside, the Windsor Spitfires have revived an annual tradition.

“Spending the day with my son. Not working is always better than being at work,” a fan says.

The Spitfires took on the Saginaw Spirit on a matinee at the WFCU Center.