Eric Weis keynote speaker at the TAG Summit held at Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike spoke to the benefits of greenways in both urban and rural areas. The summit held over Nov. 3 and 4 brought together inaugural partners’ of the Toronto-Algonquin Greenway. /SUE TIFFIN Staff

Swimming gymnastics top wish list for rec ideas

By Robert Mackenzie

Published Aug. 1 2017

Communities for Play a Haliburton committee trying to create more after-school programming has released results from their survey identifying local recreation needs and barriers.

The survey was released on the committee’s Facebook page June 3 and received more than 350 responses.
The survey showed that the top five activities respondents’ children were currently participating in were unstructured solo play swimming unstructured group play construction games with board games and cooking tied for fifth.
The survey also showed that the top five activities respondents wanted their children participating in were swimming gymnastics music skiing/snowboarding and arts and crafts.

According to Communities for Play respondents commented that programs such as hockey Cubs and Scouts were not affordable while such programs as basketball and swimming required too much travel.
“We would love to have a pool nearby to do swimming lessons instead of having to drive to Bracebridge” one respondent said according to a Facebook post by the committee.
According to that same post more results from the survey will be released soon. In an interview with the Echo in June Communities for Play parent Amanda Duncombe-Lee said that once the committee gathers the survey results they will present them to the municipality and potentially with the school board in order to work together on implementing their programs.