Young kids love to run, jump, skip and play. When I was just a little girl the only parks around were at the school and since we were there all day, we didn’t venture there after hours. The only park I remember was the Commons in Halifax. This is a fairly huge play structure, a pool and a skate park and bike park all in one. I remember my younger brother asking my Mother everyday (even in the winter) if we could go to the Commons to play. It was however about 1/2 an hour away and close to downtown Halifax, needless to say, we didn’t venture there too often, but when we did it was magical.
It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I really enjoyed a local park. A skateboard park was built in my neighbourhood and everyone went there after school. This may have been where I first tried skateboarding and hyper extended my arm. I didn’t let the fact that it took 3 months to bend my elbow once again (or that I have permanent damage) get me down, I still went there nearly everyday and have great memories.
Thankfully my community and the other communities around Halifax have come along way, my kids have parks all over the city they can play at. Our favourite is Dewolf park, there’s a large Pirate ship for the kids and the scenery is great for the adults (it’s right on the water). We also have a local park, it’s just a smaller play structure, but it does the trick for the neighbourhood. I do however notice that many parents drive from miles around to bring their kids to our park – which makes me realize… they must not have a local park and that makes me sad. There is hope however!
Kraft is helping communities across Canada build these kind of parks and activity centres across Canada. Since 2009, they have spent a cool 1 Million towards the following:
- Building a skateboard park
- Upgrading a sports field
- Improving a boxing facility
- Renovating a community youth centre
Sounds great doesn’t it? This year, they are once again looking for community nominations across Canada. Your community could be 1 of 10 win $25,000 to build something new or fix something up.
To Enter, visit kraftcelebrationtour.ca, it just takes is a short essay and a few photos. The winning communities will also be featured on TSN! You can also check out the Kraft Celebration Tour on Facebook.
Nominations will be accepted until June 7th! You could be the local hero.
“Disclosure – I am participating in the Kraft Celebration Tour Blogger Campaign. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.”