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Parks Department Worker An Unsung Hero For 5-Year-Old Boy With Down Syndrome

Added on May 29, 2015

An employee at the City of London Parks Department responded to a call from Patricia Neiles’ , whose five-year-old son with Down Syndrome, Jackson, loves the swing set but has outgrown them, and within a short time had an accessible swing installed. The new swing can still be used by most toddlers but kids up to 11 can use it. 

Jeff Wischlinski, Operations Supervisor with the Parks Department, spoke on behalf of Jake.

“Jake...was in contact with the manufacturer of that swing set to see if we actually could put that type of seat on that swing. Once we got the go ahead, he put one on and kept in contact with Patricia and let her know it was done. The moral of the story is, once she sent the picture to Jake, I think that’s all that was needed to be said. The picture says it all.”

Tom Fraser, Am980 London News

CPRA launches Canada’s first national professional development program for recreation and park professionals

Added on May 25, 2015

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) have announced the official launch of the CPRA Professional Development Certification, a national program tailored to the unique competencies of the recreation and parks sector.

Through this professional development program, participants will enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes for delivering innovative solutions to the challenges currently facing the sector. The program will include certification courses, peer reviewed knowledge presentations, core competency workshops and learning credits.

CPRA Press Release

Recreation month in Newfoundland and Labrador kicks off in Gander

Added on May 25, 2015

Recreation month in Newfoundland and Labrador launched officially on May 22nd in Gander! This year's theme is Celebrate, Advocate, Motivate!

The Recreation Month campaign is a public awareness campaign designed to promote the benefits of recreation. Recreation Month is celebrated in NL during the month of June.

Recreation NL creates a yearly theme which highlights and celebrates the important benefits and values of recreation to individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities. Promotional resources and media messages are created each year based on the theme to assist communities with their own promotion.

Gander Beacon

Nokiidaa Trail is growing breath of fresh air in 3 growing towns

Added on May 21, 2015

Winding through forest, under bridges and past some of the natural heritage that has shaped Aurora, Newmarket and East Gwillimbury over the centuries, the 20-kilometre Nokiidaa is becoming a stalwart getaway for anyone looking for a glimpse of peaceful living and safe outdoor recreation in the ever-growing, increasingly urban municipalities of northern York Region.

The Nokiidaa — a name that translates into the Ojibwa term meaning “walking together” — is eventually expected to stretch to Lake Simcoe and will also likely align with the Greenbelt Cycling Route, a 460-kilometre trail that runs from Northumberland County to the Niagara Region.

Chris Simon,

Dose of nature just what the doctor ordered

Added on May 21, 2015

A growing body of scientific evidence shows that time spent outside in parks and natural areas - or even looking out a window at trees - can be just what the doctor ordered. This emerging appreciation for the health benefits of nature adds to the case for conserving natural areas and making urban space beautiful.

Paul Hanley, The StarPhoenix

Kraft Project Play - Nominations close June 14, 2015

Added on May 20, 2015

Kraft Project Play is giving away $325,000 to upgrade recreational facilities. Nominate your project now at Nominations are open May 1–June 14, 2015.

Call for Statements of Interest for the Healthy Communities Fund- Program Stream - Deadline May 29, 2015

Added on May 20, 2015

Objectives: HCF funds community-based projects that:

  • provide direct services intended to improve the health and wellness of populations facing greater health inequities;
  • create opportunities to reduce health disparities between population groups;
  • provide services that are tailored to local/regional needs and realities; and
  • are evidence-based and demonstrate value for money through measurable results including positive impact to the health and wellness of Ontarians.

Funding Priorities: HCF prioritizes projects that address specific health promotion and chronic disease prevention areas to improve the health and wellness of Ontarians. Eligible projects must address one or more of the following five funding priorities:

  1. Healthy eating
  2. Physical activity (including active transportation)
  3. Mental health promotion
  4. Injury Prevention
  5. Substance and/or alcohol misuse

Outdoor parkour opening latest step to transform Hastings Park (includes video)

Added on May 20, 2015

The opening of Canada’s first outdoor parkour facility is the latest step in an ambitious 20-year plan to transform Hastings Park, site of the Pacific National Exhibition and Playland. Plateau Park, or as Dave Hutch, the Vancouver park board manager of research and planning, calls it, a ‘destination urban park,’ is part of a gradual Hastings Park transformation that also includes greenway connections with New Brighton Park and Burrard Inlet.

Ian Austin, The Province

Manitoba invests $1.5 million in youth recreation in Winnipeg’s inner-city

Added on May 20, 2015

The Province of Manitoba says a $1.5 million investment in recreation for youth will level the playing field for kids who live in Winnipeg’s inner-city.

“This funding means healthier, more engaged children across our city, regardless of their postal code,” said Minister Melanie Wight in a release. “Investing in these programs means investing in the future of all Manitobans, by giving children and youth the chance to learn life skills and enjoy the right to play.”

MetroNews Canada

Prime Minister Harper announces Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Added on May 19, 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced, on May 15, the new Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which will provide significant support for existing community and cultural infrastructure across the country as a way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The program will provide support for the renovation, expansion and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for the public. Projects under the following categories may be eligible for funding: community centres (including Royal Canadian Legions), cultural centres and museums, parks, recreational trails, libraries, recreational facilities, tourism facilities, docks, cenotaphs and other existing community infrastructure.

The program, which is anticipated to support up to 1,800 projects in communities of all sizes across the country, will be delivered nationally through the Government of Canada’s regional economic development agencies. Eligible recipients for funding include provinces, territories, municipalities, regional governments, Aboriginal organizations and not-for-profit organizations. Applicants can submit their application online through their respective regional economic development agency. Extensive consultations with Canadians helped inform the initiative.

Prime Minister of Canada (press release)