Health & Well-being
Community well-being and inclusion focuses on delivering initiatives directed at promoting health and quality of life. This includes working collaboratively with community partners to build environments, programs and policies that support equity, health and connectedness.
StoryWalk is located along the Train Trail starting at the Station Museum, 45 St. Paul St. in Collingwood. Follow the Train Trail and read the pages of a picture book. Each page is positioned on a metal sign and covered with plexiglass. StoryWalk was created in 2007 by Anne Ferguson in Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
Play with the block-based Imagination Playground, an incredible play system for unlocking children's creative spirit. Have fun with giant sized games (Connect Four, Jenga, Tic Tac Toe, Yatzee). Or create your own game at one of the activity stations. The mobile trailer is full of all kinds of equipment, encouraging outdoor, free, recreational activities for children of all ages.
The mobile park program will take place in community and neighbourhood parks throughout the summer on Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning Tuesday July 2nd, 2019. For a full list of locations and dates please see the poster below.
What is an Activity Kit?
Teaching and building fundamental movement skills (throwing, catching, jumping, striking, running, kicking, agility, balance, coordination) is important for a child's physical development. When children feel more confident and competent with each of these motor skills in different types of environment (physical literacy) they are more likely to have fun and enjoy sport and physical activity, supporting life long physical activity. Activity Bags focus on supporting fundamental movement skill development.
What is in an Activity Kit?
Inside each bag there is an activity card with tips and skills to try at home or outside, equipment to support each activity and a notebook which can be used to share with others how you used the activity bag. There are 20 different bags, with different activity cards and equipment.
Where can I borrow an Activity Kit?
Activity Kits are available in the children's section at the Collingwood Public Library. You will need a library card to sign out each bag.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using a GPS enabled device. Caches (containers) are hidden at different locations throughout Collingwood, along the trail system. Inside a cache there are trinkets to trade and a logbook to sign. Caches may be hidden behind a tree, under a log or beneath a rock. All of our geocaches have been registered with Geocaching.com.
How do I find a hidden cache?
1. Borrow a GPS device from the Collingwood Public Library
2. Download the free geocaching app from Geocaching.com
1. Watch where you travel - be aware of the plants in the area, each cache is located close to the trail.
2. Return the cache where you found it.
3. Sign the Log - when you find a geocache make sure you sign the log book and share your experience with others.
4. Be prepared - bring a bottle of water and wear sunscreen. if you have a trinket to trade bring an item and trade it for a trinket in the cache.
Water Bottle Refill Stations
Water bottle refill stations are available in a number of municipal facilities including the:
- Collingwood Public Library
- Centennial Aquatic Centre
- Eddie Bush Memorial Arena
- Central Park Arena
- Sunset Point
Students at all Collingwood elementary and secondary schools can also fill their water bottles at refill stations in their schools.
Keep an eye on the counter on the top right corner to see how many bottles have been filled at each station since 2017.
Wherever you are in the world, you won't have to pay for a drink of water when you are thirsty.
The blueW.org is a unique community-based program dedicated to promoting municipal tap water as a healthy, easily accessible alternative to purchasing bottled drinks. We provide mapped details on where to find clean, free, public and commercial sources to fill your reusable bottle without compelling you to make additional purchases - just look for the blueW.org decal in participating shop and restaurant windows.
To find locations in Collingwood to fill up your water bottle click here.
Recreational facilities and community centres are priority settings for supporting healthy eating. These are facilities where residents are already being active. While traditional vending machines have focused on providing mainly pre-packaged foods (chips, chocolate bars, candies) and sugar sweetened beverages (pop, sports drinks, fruit drinks) they are in contradiction to the healthy lifestyle choices being promoted within the recreation environment.
To support healthy, active living healthy vending machines are operated at Centennial Aquatic Centre and Central Park Arena. Items for sale include things such as fruit & granola parfaits, cheese, crackers, apples sauces, apple slices, fresh fruit cups and water.
Walking School Bus
Ontario Active School Travel
Heritage Park Community Garden
Healthy Kids Gardens - Collingwood YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Check out our Power Off & Play station located at Centennial Aquatic Centre. Stations offer an alternative to screen time for families. While you wait enjoy a book, game and or one of the activities available.