Petawawa applies for Green Initiatives Grant
Pictured here, local yogis enjoy free yoga by the Pembroke Marina Waterfront during one of White Pine Yoga's popular Yoga in the Park summer sessions.
PETAWAWA – The Town of Petawawa’s neighbourhood parks will be the cool places to hang out this summer.
In an effort to help residents discover their town, connect with their neighbours and utilize their town’s green spaces, the Town of Petawawa’s Parks and Recreations Department has applied or a $10,000 Green Initiatives Grant through the Canadian Parks and Recreations Associations (CPRA) and will soon be hearing back on the success of their application.
Kelly Williams, the Town of Petawawa’s manager of parks and recreation, discussed the town’s application for the grant during the March 12 council-in-committee meeting.
“It's a grant for green initiatives and that can be just about anything,” said Williams. “So as a municipality you can apply and it could fund maintenance initiatives that you might have or cultural things you want to do in and about your community.”
The Town of Petawawa’s plan would be to use the grant to create a neighbourhood park program that offered different activities in different neighbourhood parks throughout the summer.
“I keep my fingers crossed that we get the grant because I think that would be an excellent idea and it would be great for our community and great for neighbourhoods in bringing people together and getting them to use the parks,” said Theresa Sabourin, councillor with the Town of Petawawa. “I remember when I was a kid we used to have activities at the parks and they were very busy, so I really hope that you’re successful.”
The program would include a range of cultural, artistic and athletic activities that cater all ages and interests.
“We might have an arts and crafts program for kids in one of our neighbourhood parks and then the following week we'd be in a different park doing a different type of activity. Some may be music based, some might be focused on crafts and crafts and some might deal with teaching people about aboriginal arts or culture. Others may be more active and fitness oriented like tai chi or yoga in the park,” said Williams. “We’ll create a schedule and then advertise it through our community guide so that people can get the schedule and plan their summer.”
Along with providing free and accessible summer programming in the community’s parks, Williams said that the key goal would be to help residents connect with one another and discover different neighbourhoods in their community.
“It’s about getting neighbours to know their neighbours and getting people in different parts of the community to go to their neighbourhood park and meet people that live on their street or in their neighbourhood and participate in a fun event for the evening,” said Williams.
Whether or not they are successful with the grant, Williams said that their plan is to move forward with the neighbourhood park program no matter what.
“If we don’t get the grant money, we're still going to try to operate this project. We might have to make some changes but if we get the grant we can make it a lot better,” said Williams.