The Hills Recreation Society is a non-profit charitable organization incorporated in 1978 with the purpose of developing community facilities and encouraging recreation opportunities for the residents of the small, unincorporated community of Hills. The Society also supports cultural and educational projects that develop pride in the cultural heritage of the community.
In its early years, the Society sponsored a weekly arts and crafts program for children, swimming lessons, movie nights, Halloween bonfires and fireworks, Christmas parties, and family recreation nights accompanied by a pot luck supper. A major project carried out in partnership with the Hills Community Doukhobour Society was the construction of the baseball field, home to the Hills Angels slowpitch team. An annual spring outdoor flea market was a popular event that also included a softball tournament, beer garden, and delicious food.
Tennis is another popular activity in Hills, so the Society raised funds to build a tennis court that is used by players from all over the area. Programming has included "bug walks," hikes, and beach parties that encourage an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the area.
In 2006, a major fundraising effort, including grants from the BC Lottery Corporation, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Kootenay Savings Credit Union in addition to personal donations from residents, provided the resources required to build a new fire hall. Originally envisioned as a one-bay garage for the fire truck, the 2000 square foot building was constructed almost entirely through volunteer labor. The community/fire hall boasts meeting space, kitchen facilities, and storage space. The building is equipped to serve as an emergency response center if needed.
The Hills Recreation Society provides funding for youth in the community to participate in recreation and education activities such as ski lessons, Parkour, avalanche training, and travel to conferences and competitions. A highlight of the year is the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner that recognizes contributions not only to the Garlic Festival, but all Society volunteer activities.