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Mayor Column August 2016

 

Many ways for East Gwillimbury residents to keep active – August 25, 2016

In East Gwillimbury, we offer many ways for residents to be active and engaged in the community. Whether you are enjoying a local park, a program at the library, or coming to a Town event, there is always something exciting going on.

It can be as easy as walking down one of our 24 km’s of trails. Our trail system is designed to offer a free and active mode of transportation between parks, neighbourhoods, and public spaces. As the Town continues to grow, so will our trail network. Future trail connections through East Gwillimbury will connect Lake Ontario right up to Lake Simcoe. 

There are many other free and active ways to be involved in the community. This summer EG’s four splash pads have been popular spots to cool down. This summer also marked 10 years since our first splash pad opened. Always a favourite, we will continue to watch for opportunities to include additional splash pads as we grow. 

As the weather cools this fall, you may be looking for indoor ways to stay active. The Health and Active Living Guide shares information about our programs, events, and municipal services. The guide was delivered to homes in mid-August and is also available online.

In the program section of the guide you will find information about programs for all ages, abilities and interests. Staff are continuously exploring new and innovative programming and engage with residents to determine what programs are of interest. 

New this year, is a learn to curl program, group piano lessons, and several fitness programs for seniors including, shape up, gentle stretching, and yoga. A new seniors walking club has also been created at no cost to those who participate.

By joining a program I hope everyone is able to learn a new skill, enjoy weekly physical activity, or best of all, make new friends in the community. 

You can register online at www.eastgwillimbury.ca/iReg. The deadline to register for fall programs is September 14. 

Understanding that at times it is difficult financially to provide recreational opportunities for children I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the Youth and Community Initiatives Fund. This Fund, established with the proceeds raised through the Mayor & Council Annual Charity Golf tournament, provides financial assistance to youth under the age of 19 who would like to participate in extra-curricular activities. These activities do not have to be part of the Town’s recreational programs. For more information please contact the Mayor and Council office or visit www.eastgwillimbury.ca/initiativesfund. 

Council and staff will continue to ensure the Town delivers leisure, sport, cultural and arts initiatives for all of our residents. If you have an idea for a program or would like to volunteer with one of the many events in the community please contact Leisure Services at leisure1@eastgwillimbury.ca or 905-478-3826.