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People in Toronto's underserved areas are getting residents into parks

Added on Mar 2, 2017

Park People, a network for Toronto’s local park groups, says in a report, Sparking Change, that if you start small, you can get people out of their apartments and into the parks between them, even in Toronto’s underserved neighbourhoods. This article cites various examples, such as by volunteer group Flemingdon Community Support Services, which has staged festivals and events in a space outside a community resource centre on Grenoble Drive, Friends of Earl Bales which started with community groups aiding a park cleanup,  Panorama Park's community garden, and more.

Mike Adler,

Spreading Family Fun To Neighborhood Parks

Added on Mar 1, 2017

Okotoks residents have the opportunity to bring entertainment to their neighbourhood this summer in a Pop-Up in the Park event contest. Allan Boss, culture and heritage manager, says the idea behind Pop-Up in the Park is to have a fun, family friendly event in a different park every year.

"We have lots of events that happen in our downtown core and those events are fabulous and fun but how do we reach out to the other communities, how do we expand and start to include some of the other places?," Boss says. "Maybe there are other parks that are great for us to go to and try to embrace that community and that neighbourhood."

Lynsay McMullan,

Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Grant: Deadline March 31, 2017

Added on Feb 24, 2017

Available to any school, municipality or community group that is a registered Canadian charitable organization and who shares our vision of a more accessible and inclusive Canada. 

Interactive map allows Islanders to point and click their way to outdoor recreation

Added on Feb 23, 2017

The new Active Living on P.E.I. “story map” is helping Islanders and visitors pinpoint outdoor recreation areas in the province. It features year-round activities and users get pop-up information about the province’s trails and wild areas in each section of the map.

“We are so fortunate to live in a province full of trails, pathways and open parks that can help us be physically active and improve our overall health and well-being,” said Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson. “This map shows that there are many opportunities to get active right in our own communities.”

The Guardian

Harry Boothman Bursary - Deadline March 31

Added on Jan 20, 2017

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is proud to offer a bursary program to assist parks and recreation professionals financially in the pursuit of professional development in the sector. The Harry Boothman Bursary was established to honour the contributions of Harry Boothman, a Parks Supervisor for the City of Calgary, CPRA Board Member and long-time supporter of the organization.

Applications will be accepted from Parks and Recreation practitioners with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience and currently working full-time in the sector. Up to two (2) bursaries, in the amount of $1,000, can be awarded each year.

Professional Development opportunities must be completed between July 1 and June 30 of the application year.

Hike Nova Scotia and 33 organizations partner to offer Guided Snowshoe Hike Series

Added on Jan 11, 2017

Hike Nova Scotia and 33 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2017 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series in January, February and March. There are over 50 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Most hikes are free and require pre-registration unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as NS Trails and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. 

Hike Nova Scotia is a registered nonprofit society. Its strategic directions are:

1.  Advocacy
2.  Promotion (Communication, Awareness and Education)
3.  Leadership
4.  Strong Organizational Presence (Recognition, Partnerships and Collaboration)

Check out the list of events here:

Central East Physical Literacy Summit 2017 Call for Presenters: Deadline Jan 11, 2017

Added on Dec 22, 2016

The Central East Physical Literacy Summit, to be held Apr 29, 2017, is accepting submissions for that combine practical take-home information with hands-on activities, small group discussion, and interactive tools. Submissions are sought on topics/best practices in:

· Developing physical literacy in a community

· Movement skills across the lifespan

· Developing and sustaining physical literacy programs

· Encouraging school-based physical literacy & daily physical activity

· Physical literacy and adapted activity for inclusive environments

· Assessment tools for physical literacy

· Parent and family engagement and education

· Cross-sector engagement and networking

· Active Start programs for children aged 0-6

· Physical activity and Active for Life programs for adults/older adults

· Program evaluation

· Future/emerging trends

Deadline for session submission is January 11, 2017

Columbia Basin Recreation Infrastructure Grants - Application deadline Feb 15, 2017

Added on Nov 23, 2016

Recreation Infrastructure Grants is a three-year, $9-million program that focuses on the construction of new and/or upgrades to existing recreational infrastructure in the Basin. The program will support community efforts to create recreational infrastructure that encourages residents to live more active, healthy lifestyles. This includes structures such as backcountry trail networks, swimming pools, ice rinks, curling arenas, sports fields and parks.

Learn more at

Eligible Projects: Projects that may be eligible to the program include, but are not limited to:

    • outdoor and indoor sport and recreation facilities, fields and parks
    • trails and greenways
    • capital projects that improve active transportation, such as bike lanes and pedestrian bridges
    • infrastructure that improves access to physical activity opportunities, such as pool lifts for aquatic facilities.

    Who Can Apply: Registered non-profit and public organizations, school districts, First Nations and local governments are eligible.

    Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. PT/2:00 p.m. MT.

    SPRA Community Cultural Diversity Inclusion Grant - Application Deadline April 1, 2017

    Added on Nov 4, 2016

    The SPRA Community Diversity Inclusion Grant assists SPRA active members in offering recreation programs or events that target the diverse populations within the member's community.