Play is extremely important to communities and people of all ages; and the Burlington Parks and Recreation staff are dedicated to helping make play happen in our City every month, every week, every day.
Play is recreation, it is sports and it is culture.
When we think of play – many images come to mind. The obvious include images of children playing on the playground, swinging on a swing or, playing catch in the park.
And of course we all know that play is not just for children. We play at all ages. It is a form of release and connection that can tap the creativity and provide the opportunity to connect with your inner happiness. Playing pickle ball or cards at the Seniors Centre, paddle boarding on the water, cycling on the trails, golfing at Tyandaga Golf Course, Yoga on Burlington Beach, or a picnic at Hidden Valley Park are just a few images that come to mind when we think of play.
Play is a state of mind, but it is also a state of body, emotion, and spirit. It is something you do and it is something that you can watch others do. Watching the Burlington Teen Tour Band play at the Sound of Music Parade, or Student Theater’s recent performance of Annie Get your Gun or, the spectacular fireworks on Canada Day at Spencer Smith Park are examples of watching play in action.
Play is often described as a time when we feel most alive, yet it is something we take for granted and sometimes, as life gets so busy, we just don’t do as often as we should.
Play is part of our natural DNA and it crucial to our vitality and longevity. Play Expert, Dr. Gina Browne from the University of McMaster tell us that: “like sleep and food, we cannot live without play. In every culture of the world, and since the onset of the animal/human world, animals, kids, youth, families and communities gather to play. At every age, play develops crucial social, emotional, and physical life skills and values wiring our nervous, attitudinal, and moral systems.”
So, today, June 2, 2014, we launch our Live and Play campaign. For the next 12 weeks we will celebrate all things play (recreation, sport and culture) and encourage our community to engage in Play, Every day.
We are inviting you to get involved and share with your community – how you play. Make a plan today to carve out 30 minutes each day to commit to some form of play, and watch your joy factor rise! (some tracking tools are available on our website to download to help keep you on track!).
We also want to hear from you! Take a picture of you, your family and friends in play; share a story of how play makes you feel. Each week we will be randomly selecting 1 entry, for 12 consecutive weeks to receive a $100 Parks and Recreation Gift Certificate.
A calendar of suggested play experiences will be posted on our website. You can also “like us” on Facebook or “follow us” on Twitter or on this Blog to learn more about the benefits of Play and the ways that our Parks and Recreation staff help to make play happen. We will provide daily suggestions on how you can get in touch with your inner happiness through the many places and experiences our community offers to Live and Play…Everyday!