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More Opportunities for Unstructured Play for All Ages

Published Thursday, April 27, 2017

Liverpool, Nova Scotia

As the weather warms, more and more people are getting outside and are looking for ways to be active, and the Region of Queens Recreation Department can help keep you moving all year long!

At the Regular Council meeting held on April 25, Diana Johnson, Municipal Physical Activity Coordinator, reviewed plans for expansions to the Recreation Department’s ‘Physical Activity in a Box’ program, as well as efforts the Recreation Department has undertaken to work with groups and individuals to offer physically active events and activities on the Liverpool waterfront this summer.

“Privateer Park and Centennial Park on the waterfront in Liverpool are wonderful assets in our community. We are fortunate to have large green spaces in the heart of Liverpool, and Council would like to see the waterfront parks be a vibrant hub of activity,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.

“It would be great to have events scheduled in the parks every weekend, all summer long. There are many groups in Queens who could help bring this vision to reality.”

Johnson has been making connections with groups and individuals to offer physically active opportunities, and advised Council that she would be pleased to discuss opportunities with more groups and individuals.

One time or recurring events such as volleyball, washer toss, Frisbee, and other activities would be welcomed, but people are needed to organize and move them forward. If you wish to discuss having an event, she may be contacted at the Region of Queens Recreation Department

The ‘Physical Activity in a Box’ loan program has been well used, and Johnson’s plans to expand the equipment available will provide many warm weather opportunities for fun.

The Recreation Department will add Twister, giant Jenga, large format checkers, washer toss, tick tac toe and an array of sports balls, such as footballs, volleyball, soccer balls, etc., along with the installation of a volleyball net.

The Physical Activity in a Box program was one of the first actions of the Region of Queens Physical Activity Strategy developed in 2010, and was put in place to encourage active opportunities for all at no cost.

Since 2010, each year the Recreation Department has added to the program, which has both warm weather and cold weather equipment. Ladder golf, parachute games, flag football, a GPS for geocaching, and Nordic walking poles are warm weather items. Igloo making kits and snowshoes in a variety of sizes are cold weather items. All are available to borrow for a fully refundable deposit.

For more information about the Physical Activity in a Box items, or to contact Diana Johnson regarding offering physically active programs or events in the waterfront parks, please contact the Recreation Department at 902-354- 5741.

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