8.04 Mitigates against environmental disaster

Unstructured play in nature is proven to be beneficial to children of all ages. Turn off the TV and join us for interactive, seasonal play activities designed to connect you and your child with nature. Get comfortable playing outside! Explore nature using all of your senses. Build a fort, follow an animal track and see where it takes you? Scoop critters from the water, net insects on flowers and observe up close. Create creatures using mud natural materials and imagination.

The Park in the City Committee's mandate is to encourage civic pride, environmental responsibility and City wide beautification through community action. It is the vision of the Committee to achieve a clean and safe City that contains attractive gardens, streetscapes and gateways, and to encourage stewardship of natural resources, in terms of conservation, recycling and planning. Park in the City Programs & Events:

The Hollidge Tract in the York Regional Forest has an accessible trail which provides a unique nature experience to all users including those with disabilities. The tract is located in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville on the east side of Highway 48, south of Vivian Road (municipal address 16389 Highway 48).

Through the unique partnership between the Toronto Cyclists Union and CultureLink Settlement Services, cyclists are helping make Toronto more welcoming for newcomers, and newcomers are experiencing more of Toronto by bike. This summer and fall, we are offering a new award-winning partnership program called Bike Host Circle, to match volunteer mentors with newcomer “mentees” who cycle.

Marydale Park is the Catholic Youth Organization’s (C.Y.O.) next and most exciting community service project. Marydale Park will be the province’s first completely barrier free, outdoor recreation centre – right here in Hamilton, Ontario. Marydale Park will be open to the general public for their use and enjoyment.

Marydale Park will be a place for everyone no matter your age, or ability…a place to explore, to feel included and just to have fun! Every child deserves to play!

Easily agitated Alzheimer's patients are benefiting from the calming surroundings of the therapeutic Enchanted Garden, opened at St. Joseph's Villa last week. Deborah Fernandes, a recreational therapist at the Governor's Road long-term care facility, has already made the Enchanted Garden a regular feature of her Alzheimer's group.

LEAF’s Backyard Tree Planting Program: If you live in Toronto or York Region you can get a native tree or shrub for very little. You will also get expert advice from a certified arborist to ensure you have the right tree or shrub for your property.

Experience the beauty of the York Regional Forest with 2,200 hectares (5,500 acres) located in 20 different tracts. Hike the trails at our monthly guided events and learn more about the Forest. Every Month features a different theme:

January 22: Winter Night Wander - Join naturalists for an evening saunter through the winter woods. Hoot for owls and enjoy the stars!

Softball Ontario’s S.A.F.E. Star Program is designed to promote best practices in Softball Association management and administration.

The S.A.F.E. Star Program is a quality assurance program that will award Softball Associations with a STAR rating from one (1) to four (4), based on a series of standards in four categories (known as the Pillars of Excellence):

The Services Rendered Voucher is a co-operative agreement between the Regional Municipality of Durham Social Services Department and the City of Oshawa. It provides subsidization of recreation and culture services to Oshawa residents who are on fixed and/or low incomes, including members of the working poor.