Ajax planning big for Pan Am Games

Community Feb 19, 2015 by Keith Gilligan Ajax News Advertiser

AJAX -- When the Pan Am Games open in July, “Ajax will be a place where sports meets culture.”

The Town is hosting men’s and women’s baseball and softball events and a variety of events are being planned to coincide with the Games.

The Games run from July 10 to 26, and Ajax is expecting 125,000 spectators to attend.

Robert Gruber, the Town’s manager of community and cultural development, told council recently that the games will be the largest sporting event in Canadian history.

“The footprint is even bigger than the Olympics.”

With smaller, more intimate venues, the event is being called “The People’s Games,” he said, adding an aim is to “inspire a whole generation of young people.”

While the Games don’t start until July 10, the torch relay will be in Ajax in early July. It will makes its way from Pickering Village to the Audley Recreation Centre, going through all areas of the community. During the relay, there will be a celebration at Town hall with a 1940-50’s theme, including an ice cream social. The event will include jazz music, hula-hoops, hop-scotch and other games, themed arts and crafts, a 60th anniversary heritage display, an Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign booth, and ice cream served by members of the Durham Region Roller Derby, serving on roller skates.

A second celebration will feature a multicultural Fiesta at the recreation centre after the relay. It includes a final torchbearer lighting the cauldron, cultural performances, live entertainment and buskers, games and activities, and a barbecue.

Starting on July 1 is Igniting Ajax and it will feature Kids in the Square on July 8 featuring Mystic Drumz, Music in the Square on July 15 featuring Sugar Heat and Movies in the Park on July 17, with a screening of The Sandlot.

The Town sought and has received a $50,000 grant and “it will help us secure some world-class talent,” Mr. Gruber added.

Ajax planning big for Pan Am Games

Sports meets culture during event

Community Feb 19, 2015 by Keith Gilligan Ajax News Advertiser

AJAX -- When the Pan Am Games open in July, “Ajax will be a place where sports meets culture.”

The Town is hosting men’s and women’s baseball and softball events and a variety of events are being planned to coincide with the Games.

The Games run from July 10 to 26, and Ajax is expecting 125,000 spectators to attend.

Robert Gruber, the Town’s manager of community and cultural development, told council recently that the games will be the largest sporting event in Canadian history.

“The footprint is even bigger than the Olympics.”

With smaller, more intimate venues, the event is being called “The People’s Games,” he said, adding an aim is to “inspire a whole generation of young people.”

While the Games don’t start until July 10, the torch relay will be in Ajax in early July. It will makes its way from Pickering Village to the Audley Recreation Centre, going through all areas of the community. During the relay, there will be a celebration at Town hall with a 1940-50’s theme, including an ice cream social. The event will include jazz music, hula-hoops, hop-scotch and other games, themed arts and crafts, a 60th anniversary heritage display, an Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign booth, and ice cream served by members of the Durham Region Roller Derby, serving on roller skates.

A second celebration will feature a multicultural Fiesta at the recreation centre after the relay. It includes a final torchbearer lighting the cauldron, cultural performances, live entertainment and buskers, games and activities, and a barbecue.

Starting on July 1 is Igniting Ajax and it will feature Kids in the Square on July 8 featuring Mystic Drumz, Music in the Square on July 15 featuring Sugar Heat and Movies in the Park on July 17, with a screening of The Sandlot.

The Town sought and has received a $50,000 grant and “it will help us secure some world-class talent,” Mr. Gruber added.

Ajax planning big for Pan Am Games

Sports meets culture during event

Community Feb 19, 2015 by Keith Gilligan Ajax News Advertiser

AJAX -- When the Pan Am Games open in July, “Ajax will be a place where sports meets culture.”

The Town is hosting men’s and women’s baseball and softball events and a variety of events are being planned to coincide with the Games.

The Games run from July 10 to 26, and Ajax is expecting 125,000 spectators to attend.

Robert Gruber, the Town’s manager of community and cultural development, told council recently that the games will be the largest sporting event in Canadian history.

“The footprint is even bigger than the Olympics.”

With smaller, more intimate venues, the event is being called “The People’s Games,” he said, adding an aim is to “inspire a whole generation of young people.”

While the Games don’t start until July 10, the torch relay will be in Ajax in early July. It will makes its way from Pickering Village to the Audley Recreation Centre, going through all areas of the community. During the relay, there will be a celebration at Town hall with a 1940-50’s theme, including an ice cream social. The event will include jazz music, hula-hoops, hop-scotch and other games, themed arts and crafts, a 60th anniversary heritage display, an Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign booth, and ice cream served by members of the Durham Region Roller Derby, serving on roller skates.

A second celebration will feature a multicultural Fiesta at the recreation centre after the relay. It includes a final torchbearer lighting the cauldron, cultural performances, live entertainment and buskers, games and activities, and a barbecue.

Starting on July 1 is Igniting Ajax and it will feature Kids in the Square on July 8 featuring Mystic Drumz, Music in the Square on July 15 featuring Sugar Heat and Movies in the Park on July 17, with a screening of The Sandlot.

The Town sought and has received a $50,000 grant and “it will help us secure some world-class talent,” Mr. Gruber added.