British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association

British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association

April 18, 2007 12:23 ET

British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association: Create an Active Community Through Active Transportation

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 18, 2007) - The Active Communities Initiative and the BC Recreation and Parks Association have developed an Active Transportation Workshop series on the benefits of investing in more walk-able and activity friendly environments. During the workshop, participants will learn how to create active communities by design and how investing in walkways, trail systems, greenways, bikeways and blue-ways can help improve the health of communities.

This full day event is free and will be of interest to city councilors, urban and regional planners, transport engineers, fitness and recreation staff, local business owners, school instructors and administrators, and concerned citizens.

The workshop, taking place May 15, 2007 from 8:30am-3:00pm at the Prince George Civic Centre (808 Civic Plaza), will feature walk-ability expert Mark Fenton, a recognized authority of public health issues and Pat Hunt, a registered Active Community Team Member and past Coordinator of Coalition for Active Living.

Fenton's presentation will focus on the need for community, environmental and public policy initiatives and he will share his expertise on creating trails, walkways, green space and blue-ways to help increase activity levels and improve health. Mark will also conduct a walk-ability assessment/audit to identify areas for improvement that are appropriate for all communities.

Hunt's facilitated session will guide participants through a process to identify and strategize around local initiatives to create environments valuing active transportation.

To register, please email Lisah Hansen at lhansen@bcrpa.bc.ca or call 604-629-0965 ext. 30. For more information visit www.activecommunities.bc.ca/resources/regional_workshops.htm or contact Mridula Morgan, Active Communities Community Developer at mmorgan@bcrpa.bc.ca or 604-629-0965 ext. 44.

About BCRPA and Active Communities

The British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) manages the Active Communities Initiative. It is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building and sustaining active healthy lifestyles and communities in BC. For more information, visit www.bcrpa.bc.ca. The Active Communities Initiative is a cross-sectoral Initiative focused on supporting communities to increase physical activity levels of British Columbians by 20% by the year 2010. For more information, visit www.activecommunities.bc.ca.

About ActNow BC and 2010 Legacies Now

ActNow BC is the provincial government's integrated, partnership-based health promotion and chronic disease prevention platform that supports people to be more active and fit, eat healthier foods, live tobacco-free and make healthy lifestyle decisions. For more information, visit www.actnowbc.gov.bc.ca.

2010 Legacies Now is a not-for-profit society that works in partnership with community organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), the private sector and all levels of government to develop sustainable legacies in sport & recreation, arts, literacy, and volunteerism. For more information, visit www.2010LegaciesNow.com.

Contact Information

  • BC Recreation and Parks Association
    Nina Ng
    Communications Manager
    (604) 629-0965 ext. 33
    Email: ninang@bcrpa.bc.ca
    or
    BC Recreation and Parks Association
    Trina Sporer
    Program Manager, Active Communities
    (604) 629-0965 ext. 24
    Email: tsporer@bcrpa.bc.ca
    Website: www.bcrpa.bc.ca