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submitted by Jill Sturdy, Municipality of NG

Crowned Canada’s Most Active Community in 2021, and Ontario’s Most Active Community in 2022, North Grenville is ready to chase the title again in 2023!

The ParticipACTION Community Challenge is a national physical activity and sports initiative that encourages everyone in Canada to get active throughout June in search of Canada’s Most Active Community.

“We know so many residents in North Grenville who are committed to physical activity and embraced the opportunity to compete against other communities in Canada through the Participaction Challenge. Our formidable efforts led North Grenville to winning the national and provincial titles, respectively, in 2021 and 2022. With those titles, our community received over $100,000 in prize money to invest in local parks and recreation. It’s time to go for gold again,” highlighted Mayor Nancy Peckford.

“By participating in the Community Challenge, we encourage residents, businesses, community groups, neighbourhoods, among others, to get to know each other and/or reconnect in fun and exciting ways,” added Mayor Peckford. “The team spirit shown in North Grenville has been absolutely amazing.”

“After winning the title for the last two years, we have proven that our community is active and rises to the challenge,” emphasized Tanya Deans, Chair of the Health, Wellness and Fitness Advisory Committee.

The Community Challenge encourages all ages and abilities to get active for the month of June. Participants are encouraged to track their minutes on the Participaction App or website. All physical activity minutes count – whether it’s a fitness class, yoga, walking the dog, housework, yard work, as well as all individual and group fitness workouts.

Follow the Municipality’s social media channels for daily tips and ideas to help you get moving each and every day.

“June is Parks and Recreation Month, and the Community Challenge is a great excuse to get outside and be active throughout the month,” added Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan.

How to Participate

The challenge is open to all individuals, organizations and businesses. All minutes tracked on the app and on the website from June 1 – 30 using our main postal code (K0G 1J0) count toward North Grenville’s total score.

Simply download the free ParticipACTION app using your North Grenville Postal Code. Track your minutes using the app or on the website. You can even sync your fitness tracker with the app!

Crowned Canada’s and Ontario’s Most Active Community

In 2021, North Grenville was crowned Canada’s Most Active Community, after logging over 9 Million Minutes and beating out larger communities. The title also came with $100,000 in prize money.

After consulting with the community, it was decided that it would be used to expand recreational opportunities in the rural hamlets including a new play structure at Crozier Park, Oxford Mills and at Oxford Station Park, a new rink house at Bishop Mills Park, and an upgraded basketball court behind the Burritt’s Rapids Community Centre. In addition, a portion of the funds was used to support the establishment of a rebuilt BMX pump track at Riverside Park.

Being named Ontario’s Most Active Community in 2022 came with $7,500 in prize money.

The prize money will be invested in expanding the recreation lending library operated by the North Grenville Public Library, and equipment for the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department. Items will include a pickle ball set, tennis rackets, lawn games, and snowshoes. In addition, a portion of the funds will be used to expand the skate and helmet lending library at the Municipal Centre, which has seen significant community intake.

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