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Halifax Department of Parks & Recreation runs a Neighbourhood Placemaking program. The purpose is to celebrate and explore a neighbourhood's unique identity, connect neighbours, and create a place that people are drawn to. The projects are led by residents and can include painting municipal street intersections, building a mini library, building a neighbourhood bench, creating...

Park People released the third Canadian City Parks Report discussing the lessons learned from COVID-19. The use of parks has increased during the pandemic, but it has also brought to light the work that needs to be done in addressing inequities and discrimination, particularly around homelessness in parks and anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism. A survey...

ReImagine RREC – Renew, Retool, Engage and Contribute – is a multi-phase COVID-19 recovery initiative for recreation, parks and community sport leaders supported by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association. ReImagine RREC project products include summary infographics, research highlights, and the Highlights Report.   Check them out here....

WILD CHILD is an free outdoor play program for families run by childREACH in London, ON. The program is run three times per week all year round (no matter the weather) and is held in local wooded areas to support play in natural settings. childREACH recently developed a new component of their program called WILD...

In a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, West Hants Parks and Recreation provided yoga in their parks. This gave community members the opportunity to get outside, focus on mental well-being, and participate in recreational activities during the pandemic.   Learn more here....

West Hants Parks and Recreation offered family bubble guided hikes in a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This provided an opportunity for families or "bubbled" groups to get outdoors and active through guided hikes on trails in West Hants.   Learn more here....

West Hants Parks and Recreation hold special events on their trails to encourage people to get outdoors and active while celebrating the holidays. For example, on Halloween they hosted a "Halloween Scavenger Hunt," for Easter an Easter Egg Hunt, and this past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic they hosted the Hands Free Bunny Hunt....

SickKids, NCFST and researchers from FIFSW have released a Call to Action - as Ontario begins to rebuild and recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, immediate action needs to be taken to prioritize children's optimal health and development. Ontario cannot afford to ignore the increasing consequences of pandemic restrictions on the health and...

EverActive Schools, a national charity that aims to create and support healthy school communities, put together the 'Exploring Loose Parts Play at Home' resource to support kids in getting outdoors and into play during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource describes what loose parts play is, key concepts, and common items that make excellent loose parts...

Ever Active Schools, based out of Edmonton, Alberta, put together a number of resources to support parents and teachers in promoting the health, well-being, and physical activity of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources include a Youtube playlist of 60+ activities for daily physical activity, health and well-being, physical education lesson plans, as well as...