Rainy weather not stopping outdoor fun

City of Leduc and U of A Botanic Garden says attendance remains high.

Despite constantly rainy, cooler weather, local outdoor recreation and attractions haven’t taken a huge hit.

That’s according to reps from both the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, and the City of Leduc.

Councilor Lars Hansen says the City has actually seen an increase in summer camp attendance numbers, and has been able to work around the weather.

“It’s a hurdle we’ve been able to jump this summer. We always have backup plans… we often move our swimming to the indoor pool, play in the Alexandra Arena, Library, or LRC fieldhouses,” he said.

He says most days attract a group of 30 to 70 participants, saying that adding a third camp has likely played a factor in the attendance growth.

“On those days that it’s not raining, we have almost record-breaking attendance. The rain has certainly interfered with things at the Garden, but the plants love it,” said General Manager of the Garden, Ruby Swanson.

Swanson cites this year’s addition of the Aga Khan Garden as a big reason for visitors braving the less-than-ideal weather.

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