New partnerships for the city’s parks and recreation include grants for sport-focused mentorship programs

Education Minister Alice Wong delivered the speech, and it was followed by questions and comments from the audience. The forum followed a roundtable discussion between former and current Playground Athletes Association president, Bob Houston,…

New partnerships for the city’s parks and recreation include grants for sport-focused mentorship programs

Education Minister Alice Wong delivered the speech, and it was followed by questions and comments from the audience. The forum followed a roundtable discussion between former and current Playground Athletes Association president, Bob Houston, who was willing to donate pieces of his game changer through the Art of Play Project, and Ruth Davidson, who is the CEO of the London Rehabilitation Centre, where numerous Rehabilitative Medical Officers of Health from across the country have trained “Playground Athletes.” The initial piece of game changer—a Plexiglas helmet, played with off-board gaming—was put on display for the crowd to play with while the former doctor spoke. It was important that the game changer was used by those in need to aid in rehabilitation in first responding to trauma and recovery; in 30 years, officials from the Vancouver Province have trained approximately 28,000 officers, hospital staff, and more to use the game changer.

The health minister also spoke to some of the changes the park board has made to add programming to fields and allow new programming such as health and wellness clinics to be able to work there. Programs are being adapted so that there is more space for senior citizens, children, teenagers, seniors, and the differently abled. In fact, last month, the city made a deal with Telus to make Toronto its new “grand arrival point for digital technology.”

Officials said they expect to be able to announce more new ideas with the new programming models on other issues such as health, wellness, and environmental care for the city’s parks. All these changes build on the foundation already put into place through programs like Playground Athletes, which offers programs and conferences for game changers in the year.

The pledge to increase the number of people who use municipal parks and play areas is part of a national park and recreation strategy announced by the federal and provincial governments.

Source: The Active Healthy Ride Toronto blog.

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