Making Recreation a Priority

An expansion of Mariners Centre gets new life as it is given priority as a community recreation project.

What might be included?

Three and a half years ago a needs assessment was completed by community stakeholders and the three local municipal units with assistance from the Province of Nova Scotia. The full report is available along with possible floor plans on the Mariners Centre website.

AQUATIC CENTRE, GYMNASIUM, MULTIPURPOSE SPACE AND FITNESS

With the age of the YMCA building and the need for new facilities, the report recommends moving the operations of the YMCA to the Mariners Centre location and developing new fitness and aquatic spaces. This partnership is evident in the Pictou County Wellness Centre. A new standard size competition pool with a second warmer therapy pool would be more accessible and open up time and space for a number of aquatic recreation opportunities.

CURLING RINK

A curling surface is also an option for add-on and also needed in the region due to the age and upkeep of the current facility. Curling is accessible to people of all ages and also has a lot of local support for hosting bonspiels.

INDOOR WALKING TRACK

Facilities that include an indoor walking/running track indicate that it is very well used and a great investment in community recreation. Walking tracks are used by everyone; young and old and would be an obvious addition to a multi-purpose recreation facility.

MEETING SPACES, CHILD CARE, COMMUNITY KITCHEN, ROCK CLIMBING WALL AND FIELDHOUSE

Many other options exist both in the plan and in the minds of community members. Recreation services including programming and facilities are one of the most important items your tax dollars support. People choose to live and work in areas with good recreation opportunities for the whole family. Keeping recreation low cost is something our municipal units strive to do so it is accessible to all and keep our whole community healthier.

Take a “Super”Hike!

Saving the world one salamander at a time!

 

 

Several families braved the wet weather and joined us on November 19th at the Hebron Recreation Complex for a Super Fun time! We will host more family activity hikes in the coming months so watch for info!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Faster than a speeding bullet!
    Faster than a speeding bullet!
  • Antman would be right at home here!
    Antman would be right at home here!
  • Always lots of places to rest along the trail while seeking justice.
    Always lots of places to rest along the trail while seeking justice.
  • Let me smell your forest concoction 🙂
    Let me smell your forest concoction 🙂
  • Want to develop your super senses? Name all the smells in the forest!
    Want to develop your super senses? Name all the smells in the forest!
  • Families put on their capes and ventured into the woods
    Families put on their capes and ventured into the woods

 

Spidey-senses are tingling while exploring the forest close-up.

These kids were SUPER!

Hike Tkipok Trail in Arcadia

The Tkipok Trail is located behind Arcadia School.

The one-kilometre trail – weaves through wooded sections and boardwalks along the marsh – has new and improved fitness stations installed so people using the trail can incorporate other forms of exercise into their walk or run.

A major component of the trail revitalization has been to introduce the historical and cultural aspect of the Mi’Kmaq people.

 

How many different colours have you seen?

 

 

There are chances to see many animals, birds and insects along the trail. Deer, rabbits, squirrels, dragonflies and many varieties of birds. For any curious child (or child at heart), this can be a great adventure!

 

 

Informational signs are all along the trail.

 

There are interpretative signs placed along the trail. These signs include science, wilderness, cultural and historical information that will also include translations into the Mi’Kmaq language.

The Tkipok Trail is like an outdoor classroom for all ages! It’s a short hike with so much to offer so if you don’t have much time, it’s ideal. Try it today and let us know what your favourite part is!

Hiking with Kids – an age by age guide.

Hiking as a family is a great way to connect to your children at any age. Time spent in nature is good for the body, mind and spirit and brings people together in a very special way. 

Always remember: kids aren’t as resilient as adults, they’ll enjoy their time a lot more if they are kept warm, dry, hydrated, and full.

  • Use proper footwear (already broken in), bring extra socks just in case
  • Dress in layers, they can always be removed
  • Bring trail friendly snacks; trail mix, crackers, granola bars, etc..
  • Bring lots of water! (If you are coming out to our guided hikes, please bring a refillable water bottle and we will being extra water!)

Family on a hike on country road

Hiking with a toddler? Definitely!

REI Co-op has put together a fabulous guide for hiking with your children at all ages and stages. 

 

 

 

 

Take a Hike …with the kids!

There is no Wi-Fi in the forest, but you will find a better connection

Join us for a free guided family hike at Ellenwood Provincial Park on October 7th, 2017.

Family friendly hiking, games & activities, trail snacks and give-aways!

Ellenwood Park, October 7th, 1-3pm

 

Meet at the last parking lot near the public beach at 1pm (check in at the registration hut if you need directions). The trail is approximately 2 km and we will be hiking “family-friendly style”! (Lots of stopping with activities along the way).

Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. The trail is sometimes wet in spots so bring extra socks and shoes if you wish. Layered clothing is a good choice for our ever-changing weather.

Let us know you’re coming. 🙂