Town’s new Meet, Move & Play! initiative promotes physical literacy

Thu, 17 May 2018

Free activities for families coming to five neighbourhood parks starting May 21

According to ParticipACTION Canada, only nine per cent of five to 17 year olds achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day. That’s why the Town of Oakville is partnering with local community and sport groups to promote physical literacy in five neighbourhood parks from May 21 to June 29 as part of the Meet, Move & Play! initiative.

Although statistics indicate that 76 per cent of Canadian youth participate in organized sports, most youth become inactive outside of regularly planned activities. The goal of Meet, Move & Play! is to reintroduce free, unstructured and family-focused educational and physical play at various neighbourhood parks.

“We’re committed to getting residents active this summer,” said Nina de Vaal, director of the Recreation and Culture department. “This new initiative will help kids and their caregivers develop the skills, confidence and love of movement to be physically active for life.”

Families are encouraged to participate in free activities for all ages and abilities including active games with the town’s camp team, tai chi with the Oakville Chinese Network, soccer activities with Oakville Soccer Club, and the Mobile Playzone with the YMCA of Oakville.

Dates and Locations:

May 21 to June 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

  • Mondays at Jonathan Park, 1180 Jonathan Drive
  • Tuesdays at Forster Park, 100 North Forster Park Drive
  • Wednesdays at Isaac Park, 3086 Isaac Avenue
  • Thursdays at Glenashton Park, 1051 Glenashton Drive
  • Fridays at Old Abbey Park, 1110 Old Abbey Lane

ParticipACTION’s Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines indicate that increased physical literacy improves children’s health, boosts grades in school, builds confidence and self-esteem, develops physical strength, and increases happiness.

This program is supported by the 2017 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund through the Government of Ontario.

Visit our Make Your Move page for the full event schedule.