June is Recreation and Parks month, and the beautiful weather we’ve been having inspires us all to get out, get active, and to enjoy the many natural wonders of our community. Although the Municipality can’t offer our usual Parks and Rec month programs, we can still help you find fun and safe ways to enjoy the outdoors, get moving, and stay healthy.
Our municipal parks, trails, green spaces, tennis courts, Beautiful Joe’s Leash-free dog park and beaches are open to walk, run, and cycle. However, we must continue to plank the curve of community spread, so please remember to keep a 2m distance from others, to gather in groups of 5 or less, and to keep dogs leashed everywhere at all times. The boat launch is also open for day use, so kayakers, canoeists and boaters can social distance where they love to the best, out on the water.
Have you heard about #MeafordRecOnTheRun? Our talented and enthusiastic recreation program instructors are building a virtual programming space, including instructional videos to help you hone your skills and stay healthy from home. From swimming and soccer, to baking and gardening, the pros offer tips and tricks for you to try. There are so many other great hobbies that offer socially-distanced ways of enjoying the outdoors. Have you ever tried bird-watching, geocaching, fishing, or photography? How about meditation, yoga, or stargazing? We encourage you to show off how you’re staying busy, snap a picture and share it with #MeafordRecOnTheRun so your friends and neighbours can join in the fun! For more information, visit www.meaford.ca/recontherun or have a look at Meaford’s Parks and Recreation Facebook page.
When planning your adventures, please remember that play equipment, picnic tables, and washrooms are still unavailable for use as our staff investigate the necessary cleaning procedures to open these services safely. Make sure you bring your own equipment rather than sharing, and a stock of wipes or hand sanitizer to use. Waterfront areas at Fred Raper Park and David Johnston Park also remain closed for your safety due to erosion damage.
We are so fortunate to live in this magnificent and welcoming corner of the natural world, and I’m cheering you on to take care of your body and spirit by staying active during this Recreation and Parks month, as we continue to play – safely of course – in the pursuit of community health and wellbeing.
Stay well everyone.
– Mayor Barb Clumpus