MPCC sports programming March-April 2023

Fitness and sports activities for Manor Park children, youth and adults

By Josh Cassidy

Ottawa 67’s mascot Riley the Raccoon helped everyone stay active and warm during the Manor Park Community Council (MPCC)’s annual Skate Party and Chili Cook-off in February. Despite temperature ups and downs, the rink was well-used again this season. Photo submitted by MPCC
Ottawa 67’s mascot Riley the Raccoon helped everyone stay active and warm during the Manor Park Community Council (MPCC)’s annual Skate Party and Chili Cook-off in February. Despite temperature ups and downs, the rink was well-used again this season. Photo submitted by MPCC

Happy spring, Manor Park!

We have had another great winter. The Skating and Chili Cook-off Party beckoned only the bravest souls in the cold winter night of February 4, the outdoor rinks were back, and Jr. NBA programs have been a slam dunk!

Thank you to everyone who picked up a shovel in support of the Outdoor Rink season. It’s no secret that 2023 weather was challenging. Despite the warm temperatures, we had great ice conditions and hockey players, pleasure skaters and those taking lesson had so much fun.

Jr. NBA Basketball is quickly becoming one of our most popular programs, and a staff favourite as well. Program plans and coach training provided by Canada Basketball complement a fun players package (jersey + ball) that every participant gets to take home. The winter session ends soon but Jr. NBA will be back next fall!

Manor Park is incredibly fortunate to have such amazing, outdoor recreational facilities on hand. This spring we will take advantage of the sports fields and baseball diamonds with MultiSport, soccer and baseball programs for children ages 4 to 12. Watch the sports fields around the Manor Park Community Centre for excellent staff leading fun-filled programs grounded in physical literacy.

Sport programs, fitness and yoga, community events, Easter basket deliveries–we have a fun spring lined up. See you soon!


Your first trial class – is on us!

Our lineup of fitness and yoga classes has something for everyone! Our new location at 1805 Gaspé Avenue provides the perfect setting to begin your fitness and yoga adventure.

Fitness Passes:

10-Class Fitness Pass: Valid for any class. Ideal for those who need lots of flexibility or will only attend classes periodically. Cost is $135 with a six-month expiry.

MultiPass: Valid for any class–and can be shared with members of your family! Cost is $300 for 14 weeks. At 10 classes per week, that 140 class to choose from!

Drop-in: Drop-in fees for anyone attending on a class-by-class basis. Cost is $15 per class with advance registration.


Pilates provides the basis for strength training focusing on the fundamentals of stability, mobility and control. It is a calisthenics-based workout using your body weight, an isometric-based workout with holds, pushes and pulls and a plyometric-based workout with bouncing to create elasticity in the fascia and release of joints.

Mondays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Hatha Yoga

This is a classical Hatha Yoga flow class for all levels. You will stretch, unwind and use different breathing exercises as well as enjoy a relaxing cool down. Instructor Nina LePage combines gentle Hatha Yoga poses with breathing exercises so you can live in each breath as you move from pose to pose. Relieve you’re the stress and stiffness in your mind and body.

Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Stay Strong and Stable

A HeartWise program! Let instructor Louise Hannant guide you through a series of exercises that strengthen the legs and work on balance and coordination. This training can help you prevent falls, add years of independent living, and help manage chronic conditions. HeartWise programs have been accredited by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. At HeartWise programs, participants are assured that the programs meet strict criteria, provide excellent exercise for the heart, are safe to do, promote longevity–and contribute to an active (and healthy) lifestyle.

Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.

Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Core and Full Body

Instructor Louise Hannant’s personalized approach to group fitness will have everyone hitting their fitness goals. Squats, push-ups, planks, slide planks all build those essential strong core muscles that support and protect during all physical exercises. Enjoy better posture and balance too!

Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.

Full Body Workout

Everyone age 16+ is welcome to join in this energizing, early morning workout class. The class focuses on high intensity intervals that offer a mix of cardio, core and weight exercises. Class formats are mixed up to keep you on your toes and to help everyone stay motivated towards their fitness goals. All exercises offer adaptations so that everyone can feel comfortable.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:15-7 a.m.


Dance, jump and smile your way toward your personal fitness goals. Zumba classes combine cardio and Latin-inspired dance for a fun-filled workout!

Mondays, 7-8 p.m.


Manor Park Soccer

Look for a high energy program where children can fuel their love for sport! Instructors create a fun-filled and inclusive atmosphere where all children can thrive. Sessions begin with skills & drills designed to meet your child’s age and promote physical literacy. Skills and drills transition quickly into games, games, games!

Starts Saturday, May 13


  • ‘First Kicks’ (Ages 4-5), 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • ‘Fun with the Ball’ (Ages 6-8), 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Dribble, Deke and Kick’ (Ages 9-12), 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Manor Park Baseball

Baseball is back! Each program is adapted to your child’s age, to ensure that they are learning and growing a love for the sport in a supportive environment. No prior baseball experience is required.

Starts Monday, May 15


  • ‘Blastball’ The perfect introduction! Blastball! features soft bats, soft baseballs and just one (squeaky!) base. (Ages 4-5), 5-6 p.m.
  • ‘Intro to Tee Ball’ Drills and gameplay sessions to build confidence and improve skills. (Ages 6-7), 6-7 p.m.
  • ‘Intro to Coach Pitch’ Drills quickly transition into game scenarios and gameplay to make learning the game fun for all! (Ages 8-10), 6 – 7:30 p.m.

MultiSport for Kids!


Dribble, shoot, run, kick – this program has it all taking advantage of the excellent outdoor facilities around the Manor Park Community Centre! Tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer and more! Help your child develop a lifelong love for sport that is grounded in physical literacy.

Starts Wednesday, May 17

Ages 4-5, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Ages 6-9, 6:30 – 7:20 p.m.

Ages 9-12, 7:30 – 8:20 p.m.

New! Nature on Wheels!

See for cost and registration

Hop on your bike and explore what our incredible parks, bike paths and nature trails have to offer. Groups meet at 1805 Gaspé Avenue and cycle to different parks and locations around Manor Park, Rockcliffe and New Edinburgh for games and activities in nature. Comfort and experience riding a bicycle on bike paths and small roads is required. Bike and helmet are mandatory.

Saturdays, May 13 to June 24

Ages 12-15, 9:30– 11:30 a.m.

Tuesdays, May 16 to June 27

Ages 12-13, 5-7 p.m.