Reflecting back on my childhood, I have so many fond memories. A lot my memories involve the great outdoors. I spent a lot of my childhood outside and exploring. I was a very imaginative little girl that was very independent.
I grew up in a community where neighbourhood parks were in every subdivision. Not even a 5 minute walk and you would easily come across 4 parks. It was amazing. Boredom was something that was unheard of.
One of my favourite parks was Chinguacousy Park (located in Brampton, Ontario). This park featured a petting zoo, a barn, tropical gardens, a massive play structure, splash pad, paddle boats, and a snack bar. My family and I spent a lot of time at this park. It was local, a quick and easy drive and a park that was relatively inexpensive. Over the years Chinguacousy Park has been renovated and improved greatly. If you can believe it, it’s at least a hundred times better than what it used to be. Many Bramptonians may have even attended the momstown Brampton launch party
at Chinguacosy Park last summer held at the Chinguacousy Ski Chalet. It’s a great venue to host many events. Spring Fling was always one of my favourite events that I attended with my Mom each year during my adolescence.
During the cooler months, my family and I would always flock to Gage Park (located in the heart of Downtown Brampton, Ontario). Each Winter, Gage Park is turned into a massive ice rink that brings many families abound. I have many fond memories of skating hand in hand with my Mom and Dad, and sipping hot chocolate while resting on the snow covered benches. This park is a popular venue for Spring and Summer weddings as well.
In 2007, my husband and I married and moved to a new town. A town that in and of itself was an amazing community. However the one thing I found once we started a family of our own was that this new town of ours lacked neighbourhood parks. Finding fields and playgrounds for your children to play sports and burn of energy were hard to come by. Heck when we moved into our neighbourhood we learned that the development of our scheduled neighbourhood park was put on hold as result of a neighbour who felt the need to petition it be a dog park instead. In the end it just wasn’t the right community for our family.
We wound up moving further East into a new development over the past Summer. Our new town features many trails, sports fields and parks. Our new community park is currently being built. Once open to the public it will feature: a splash pad, basketball court and an awesome play structure for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years. I’m so happy that my children will have a decent neighbourhood park within walking distance of our home. One that will give them the leisure to explore, play and burn of tons of energy.
So where am I going with all of this…. Did you know the Kraft Celebration Tour has kicked off for 2013, and is currently accepting nominations?
The Kraft Celebration Tour recognizes the passion and community spirit that brings people together and promotes healthy active lifestyles from coast to coast. Since 2009, the Kraft Celebration Tour has helped hundreds of thousands of Canadians in 40 deserving communities with a total of $1 million toward projects such as:
- Building a skateboard park,
- Upgrading a sports field,
- Improving a boxing facility, and
- Renovating a community youth centre.
Would you like to win $25K to better your community or create something new? You can nominate your community by visiting the Kraft Celebration Tour website.
Each winning community will also host one of 10 live broadcasts of Canada’s most-watched sports news program, TSN, as part of this summer’s cross-country tour from August 16-25.
This year’s Kraft Celebration Tour follows last year’s cross-country event, which garnered a record 572 nominations from communities across Canada and saw more than 4 million votes cast to select the 10 winning communities.
Fans can keep up with the Kraft Celebration Tour on social media by visiting and liking the Kraft Celebration Tour Fan Page on Facebook and by following and interacting with the tour’s personalities on Twitter. Official Twitter hashtags for the Kraft Celebration Tour include #KCT and #tourneedecelebrationkraft.
Disclosure – I am participating in the Kraft Celebration Tour Blogger Campaign. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.