June 21, 2016 - Healthy Kids Community Challenge Thunder Bay (HKCC Tbay) was pleased that over 500 children were outside playing today during the Longest Day of Play event in Thunder Bay. Running an obstacle course while getting doused with colour, dancing and creating mural art were among some of the after school activities organized to promote active outdoor play on this, the longest day of the summer. This free event, held in harmony with National Aboriginal Day, was open to all children and families and held in various neighbourhoods throughout the City. Sites included the Canada Games Complex, Boys & Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay, Evergreen a United Neighbourhood and Our Kids Count.
In conjunction with the Longest Day of Play, HKCC TBay launched the City’s first interactive Community Recreation Map. The online tool allows parents in Thunder Bay to find low-cost or no-cost recreational opportunities throughout the City to keep kids active all summer long. Parents can search through different categories, such as community centres, arts and cultural activities, or recreation services, and get a short description of the activity, along with the age range of the child it is suited for, cost, and contact information for each map entry.
The map quickly connects parents to local activities, but the tool also makes it easy for organizers to edit – helping to ensure the information on the map is current. Groups just have to register on the site to update the information and activities on the map.
“By making it quick and easy for parents and community groups to use, we hope the recreation map becomes the community go-to tool for finding the most current, healthy activities in Thunder Bay,” says Joanna Carastathis, Health Promotion Planner, Physical Activity, TBDHU.
It was developed in partnership with the TBDHU, City of Thunder Bay, Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre and Communities Together for Children. To use the map visit: healthykidstbay.com/community-rec-map/
For more information about the Healthy Kids Community Challenge projects and events, visit healthykidstbay.ca. To get involved in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge please contact the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Coordinator at 625-5962.