The Town of Oakville unveiled its innovative GreenGym outdoor fitness equipment at South Shell Park to officially launch June is Recreation and Parks month. Oakville’s GreenGym is a $15,000 pilot project made possible through an $82,000 grant received from the Ministry of Ontario as part of Oakville’s Make Your Move initiative.
“This is the perfect location for the town’s first outdoor gym equipment and I thank the province for allowing us the opportunity to enhance Oakville’s recreational services to the community,” said Ward 1 Councillor Ralph Robinson. “This GreenGym will allow residents to get fit for free, in the open-air and in a beautiful park setting with waterfront views. What more could you ask for?”
The GreenGym circuit consists of five user-friendly workout stations including a double butterfly, a quad leg press, a double air walker, a double swinger/knee raise/dip, and a tai chi spinner for shoulder flexibility. Endorsed by ParticipACTION Canada, the equipment is geared to individuals aged 12 years and older, but younger children can use the equipment with adult supervision.
In addition to the GreenGym unveiling, the town invited residents and walking groups to ‘get active, get healthy and have fun doing it’ by leading a 30-minute walk along the Waterfront Trail. The Town of Oakville boasts more than 140 kilometres of picturesque trails.
Kids can also keep active this summer by participating in the Junior Summer Active Challenge which encourages young persons aged 4-13 to complete 60 physical activities over the course of the summer. Once participants hit each of the three milestones, they’ll receive a free swim/skate or climb pass and get their names entered into a draw for a chance to win great prizes. The challenge runs from June 1 through to September 1, 2010.
“Get out, get active and have fun this summer,” said Nina deVaal, Director of Recreation and Culture. “The Junior Summer Active Challenge is a great opportunity for kids and their families to stay active by making daily physical activity an enjoyable and rewarding experience.”
Make Your Move
Looking for other family activities to take part in throughout the month of June? Mark your calendars! June 6 is the 20th Anniversary of the Glen Abbey Community Centre and Library, and June 19 is the opening day at Bronte, Falgarwood, Lions and Wedgewood outdoor pools. Brookdale pool located at 1215 Bridge Road is now open. To view the complete June is Recreation and Parks month calendar of free activities for all-ages and abilities click here.
The Town of Oakville’s Make Your Move physical activity initiative encourages Oakville residents to get active through sport and recreational activities.