Play is extremely important to communities and people of all ages; and the City of Burlington is dedicated to helping make play happen every month, every week, every day and has officially declared June to be the Month of Play to encourage our community to get active and play every day.
What is Play?
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 and youth. We play at all ages. It is a form of release and connection that can tap the creativity and connect with your inner happiness. Playing pickleball or cards at the Seniors’ Centre, cycling on the trails, golfing at Tyandaga Golf Course, yoga in the park, bird watching in Kernscliffe Park, participating in an aquafit class at one of the city’s seven pools, strolling along the beach or, a family 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 one of the Concerts in the Park series at the Central Park Band shell, or Student Theater’s recent performance of Xanadu or, Movies Under the Stars in your local neighbourhood park are examples of watching play in action.
In Burlington, people of all ages can embrace and enjoy the many facilities, play fields and programs offered throughout the city to encourage getting active and play in our community. Among a few of the city’s locations to play include: over 700 hectares of park space; 117 developed parks, 119 sports fields, 200 community events, 109 playgrounds, 213 km of trails, seventeen recreational and specialty community centres, seven arenas, seven pools, ten gymnasiums, nine splash pads, three leash free parks for dogs, three skateboard parks, a cricket court, a beach, a bocce ball court, an outdoor pickleball court, and a labyrinth, all providing countless recreational opportunities that enhance quality of life, active living and lifelong learning for residents and visitors of Burlington.
To learn more about activities, events and locations to play in Burlington visit www.burlington.ca/play, follow us on Facebook BurlingtonParks&Rec or, Twitter @Burl_ParksRec where we regularly post suggestions on ways to play every day.