City handing out provincial money to get people outside and play.

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April 18th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The City of Burlington has a Park Play Experience Fund and is now accepting applications

The Parks Play Experience Fund will provide up to $1,500 to bring people together and encourage our community to get outside and play in City of Burlington parks, trails and open spaces.

OutdoorPlay child

His to discover.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 27, 2019. The Park Play Experience Fund is a one-year funding program that has been expanded from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge initiative.

The Parks Play Experience Fund will provide up to $1,500 to bring people together and encourage our community to get outside and play in City of Burlington parks, trails and open spaces.

Park Play Experience is designed to:

Beard - hoola hoope - run jump play

Not as easy as it looks – great exercise.

• Encourage outdoor play experiences in City parks, trails or open spaces
• Encourage neighbourhoods and community groups to get together and play outdoors
• Create new community connections
• Enhance playability, walkability or connectivity within City neighbourhood parks, trails and open spaces
Ideas for types of Outdoor Play Experiences include:
• Create a walking group on our trails
• Organize a neighbourhood park play day
• Organize a neighbourhood recreation program
• Purchase equipment to be shared among the community that will enhance play
• Introduce new outdoor park play experiences to enhance an existing program and encourage more people to get outside

How the fund works
The Park Play Experience must be:

• Open and inclusive to the entire community
• Within the City of Burlington
• Free or under five dollars ($5)
• Outdoors
• A one-time funding request
• Able to satisfy insurance requirements (listed online at burlington.ca/parkplayfund)
• In compliance with municipal, provincial and federal regulatory standards (i.e. standards for playgrounds, building codes)

There is a soccer player in there somewhere

There is a soccer player in there somewhere

Each application will be evaluated on the following criteria:

1. The request meets all criteria for funding
2. The overall feasibility of the experience
3. Tangible benefits and outcomes from the experience
4. How many people it will impact in the neighbourhood
5. A realistic budget that clearly outlines how the budget will be spent
6. Ability to complete the experience before Dec. 31, 2019

He is no longer "acting"; it's now the real deal as Chris Glenn gets appointed the Director of Parks and Recreation for the city.

Chris Glenn,  Director of Parks and Recreation for the city.

Chris Glenn, Director of Parks and Recreation has this to say about the program: “Play starts when we are young, but it never really stops. Play is for all ages, cultures and abilities. An outdoor play experience can be anything that encourages participation at any age group or demographic. Passive and or active. Sport, recreational, cultural or educational in nature. Connecting with nature and being outdoors.”

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1 comment to City handing out provincial money to get people outside and play.

  • Kevin Rutherford

    I think this is a great program, we do have amazing parks and trails in Burlington. Unfortunately for our neighborhood, our play area is the street (or the playground I built that takes up our back yard) due to essentially being in a “park space void”. I took my 2 active kids (3 and 4.5) on a bike ride to the park last week and because of the distance they were too tired to play and I had to push them home.

    If the city would stop taking cash in lieu of park space dedication from developers this program would be even more beneficial to the residents of Burlington.

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