Dec 04, 2013
General Committee of Mississauga Council today endorsed a pilot playground program of free, safe and supervised activities to be offered in 12 parks throughout the city this summer. “Let’s Play in the Park” will give 11,000 children aged six to 12 years the chance to play in the park with trained leaders each weekday for a nine-week period in their local neighbourhoods.
“There are a number of recognized benefits to providing free and low-cost recreation for children,” said Community Services Commissioner Paul Mitcham. “Programs provide positive role models for children, support healthy development, encourage physical activity to fight childhood obesity and connect our young citizens to nature and their community.”
Universal programs such as “Let’s Play in the Park” give families with limited means the chance to participate in recreation services without having to qualify for social assistance ensuring they experience the many benefits associated with participation in summer camps.
The three-hour daily program will be designed to meet the High Five Quality Assurance Standard for delivering quality recreational services for children. Staff will plan a variety of organized games, sports, arts and crafts and nature skills activities.
The pilot program budget of $80,200 will not be funded through taxes with financial contributionscoming from youth employment grants and the Jerry Love Children’s Fund. Its continuation in future years will be based on usage, feedback and getting commitment from a multi-year corporate sponsor.
“We’re now looking at locations in every ward throughout the city to hold the program,” added Recreation Director Howie Dayton. “These are where children can easily walk or cycle and that have the appropriate green space to deliver a fun-filled experience for all our Let’s Play in the Park visitors.”
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