Please see the media release below from the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — The City of Burlington is getting ready to launch the Month of Play (June) and has three new exciting initiatives lined up: “Burlington Walks the Talk,” “Community Better Challenge” and “Art and the City,” a self-guided downtown public art walking tour. A public kick-off event for all three will be held at Civic Square at City Hall, 426 Brant St., on Monday (May 6) at 10 a.m., rain or shine.
Residents and media are invited to join Mayor Meed Ward in a leisurely Public Art Walking Tour in the downtown area, lead by Arts and Culture staff. The tour is expected to be 45-minutes and is accessible.
Burlington Walks the Talk
Burlington Walks the Talk is a new community program that encourages people to form or join neighbourhood walking groups. It includes a “how to create a walking group” guide and place to share information about upcoming community walks to invite others to participate and learn more about walk meetup times and locations in Burlington. The first 10 groups to post their community walking group on the community walk meetup calendar will receive up to 10 t-shirts for their walking group (while supplies last).
“The Walk the Talk program is a great resource for anyone who needs a little help in getting into a walking group or creating their own. Walking is one of the best, easiest and most affordable ways to be active. Doing it with a friend or a group is a great way to de-stress after a hard day or a great way to get yourself ready for the day. Either way, it’s a win for all involved. We encourage residents to create neighbourhood walking groups all year long and especially during the ParticipACTION time frame (May 31-June 6) to help our efforts to make Burlington Canada’s Most Active Community.” — Chris Glenn, Director of Parks and Recreation
ParticipACTION’s Community Better Challenge
This national campaign is looking for Canada’s most active city. The City of Burlington is challenging residents to track their physical activity through the ParticipACTION app on their phone and compete to become Canada’s most active city. The challenge runs May 31 to June 30 and every active minute counts. Sign up by downloading the app with your postal code at community.participaction.com.
Art and the City – Downtown Public Art Walking Tour
New for residents and tourists is Art and the City, Burlington’s downtown public art walking tour. Art and the City is available online and accessible from any mobile device. The free web app offers a new way to explore Burlington’s downtown and learn about public art in the process. The tour provides artwork information, photographs and a suggested walking route. A limited number of printed guidebooks will soon be available at all city facilities, Burlington Public Library and Tourism Burlington. Art and the City is also available online in PDF format to download, save, and print. Both formats are available online at burlington.ca/publicart.
More information about the Art and the City tour is available by clicking the link.
The first 50 participants that join in the public art walking tour will receive a “Burlington Walks the Talk” t-shirt and an Art and the City tour guidebook. T-shirt sizes are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Participants in the Public Art Walk with the Mayor event do so at their own risk and acknowledge that accidents and/or injuries could occur while participating in this event. The City assumes no liability for any liability, claims, demands, damages, actions, or causes of action now existing or which hereinafter may arise as a result of my participation in the event, whether any injury is caused by the negligence of the City, participants or third parties.
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Burlington has so much to offer for those wanting to lead a healthy lifestyle. We have bike lanes, parks and open spaces, community centres and the waterfront trail that our active community can take advantage of. I am encouraging residents and my fellow members of Council to get more active and track their activities through the ParticipACTION app so Burlington can become Canada’s Most Active City. It’ll be a great challenge we can all benefit from.