The Township of Langley will celebrate Earth Hour with a glow-in-the-dark swim at the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre. (Dan Ferguson photo)

Aldergrove glow-in-the-dark swim and games for a cause

Township of Langley will celebrate Earth Hour with its first glow-in-the-dark swim in Aldergrove.

Township of Langley is celebrating Earth Hour with a glow-in-the-dark swim experience at the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre (ACUCC).

Nikole Longhi, the recreation supervisor for the ACCUC, said the themed event is the first of its kind.

“We will be providing glow sticks, light-up toys and orchestrate glowing games after the pool’s overhead lights are turned off at 8:30 p.m.,” Longhi explained.

The drop-in event is part of a larger initiative – first sparked by World Wide Fund for Nature in 2007 – where families and businesses are encouraged to turn off non-essential lights for one hour on a specific day nearing the end of March.

“It’s in partnership with our sustainability programming and engineering department so the event is two-fold: there will be education as well as the experience,” Longhi elaborated.

The swim will raise awareness about climate change and promote energy conservation to event-goers young and old.

Township facilities will also join the fight against climate change and electricity conservation by turning off non-essential lights and electronics in select facilities between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

They encourage locals at home to do so also.

“We’ve also ensured there will be enough visibility while swimming and we have underwater lights in the pool,” Longhi said, admitting that Township employees took a test run in the pool with just its underwater lights.

Those interested can bring their swimsuits to ACUCC (located at 27032 Fraser Hwy.) on Saturday, March 30 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 p.m. and take a dip in the dark.

Families are welcome to bring their own glow sticks and toys if they prefer.

No registration is required beforehand. Regular admission rates will apply.

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