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 in July 2020.
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.
Join us Sunday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Central Park Arena, 85 Paterson Street, Collingwood to enjoy public skating with family and friends ... everyone of all abilities welcome! Wheelchairs, sledges and other adaptive devices accepted. Attendants/Helpers must wear ice skates or cleats on ice and a limited number of sledges are available for public use.
Frequently Asked Questions About Using Sledges at Public Skating
Does the Town have sledge for use by the public?
Yes. We have seven sledges and these are stored at Central Park Arena. Ask an arena attendant to help you get a sledge out from storage if the sledges are not already out. They are free to use but you will need to sign a waiver. Pucks are not allowed during public skating.
How will I know which sledge to use?
When you are sitting in a sledge, your knees should be slightly bent and your feet should be supported on the strap at the end of the sledge. You may need to shorten or lengthen the leg support.
Will an arena attendant help me get in to the sledge?
No. The attendant will tell you how to get in and out but you should be able to do this on your own. If you need help to get into the sledge, you need to ask a family member or friend to assist you.
How do I move myself forward in a sledge?
You will be provided with two sticks that have picks on the ends. Push yourself by digging the picks into the ice. Use caution and keep aware of the people around you.
Do I need good balance to use a sledge?
Yes. You may tip over while trying to use a sledge. It can be very hard to get back upright. Make sure you have a family mamber or friend close by to help you. If you don't have good balance you may want to use a sledge that has anti-tippers. Ask an arena attendant if there are any available.
Can someone push me in my sledge?
Yes but they must wear skates or ice cleats. There is a push bar available with the sledges.
Do I need to wear protective gear while using a sledge?
A CSA approved helmet is reconmmended. You may also want to wear protective gloves and elbow pads.
Nordic Pole Walking
Join us at Central Park Arena every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. year-round for Free Nordic Pole Walking. Don't have nordic poles, no problem, we have poles you can borrow. Nordic Pole Walking is a great social and low-impact activity that provides a full body workout.
Add some gentle stretching exercises to your day and try Chair Yoga, every Thursday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Central Park Arena. This is a free activity. Suitable footware, comfortable clothing and a water bottle are recommended.
Literacy really is all around us, and grocery stores are a great place to take advantage of early literacy with young ones. Download a Let's Start Talking Grocery shopping conversation card or pick one up from the Collingwood Public Library.
Let's Start Talking Grocery Card (click here to download)
To discover more of the many locations around our community where literacy can be found visit our new Family Literacy Story Map (click here)
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.
Add a 'Walk or Wheel' to your day. Active modes of transportation help:
- Support daily physical activity
- Create safer, calmer streets and neighbourhoods
- Reduce traffic congestion
- Improve air quality
- Improve mental and physical health
Collingwood is one of 10 municipalities working in collaboration with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Simcoe County District School Board and the Environment Network to support On the Move, an Active School Travel Project funded by Ontario Active School Travel, a program of Green Communities Canada.
We all play a role in road safety. For pedstrian and cyclist safety tips please consider the following links:
Map My Route
Download the Map My Route document for your school. Use the map with your child to highlight the best route to travel from home to school. Consider sidewalks, trails, stoplights and crossing guard locations.
Map My Route - Admiral Collingwood Elementary School (click here)
Map My Route - Cameron Street Public School (click here)
Map My Route - Connaught Public School (click here)
Walk a Block
Do you usually drive to school? Why not try 'Walk a Block'. Where would be a good drop off point just ouside of the school zone? Is there a park nearby or a quiet street?
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.