Share your thoughts on recreation and leisure: Age-friendly Peterborough & United Way Peterborough & District research local recreation and leisure needs

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Peterborough, ON – Age-friendly Peterborough and United Way Peterborough & District are conducting research into recreation and leisure needs across Peterborough City and County, and Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations.
We need your feedback for the study that will explore improving recreation and leisure opportunities for those aged 50+ across the region. The project includes a full review of existing resources and needs assessment, focusing on engaging key stakeholder groups and the general public within the 50+ age category. The information gathered will:
• support a strategy for older adult recreation and leisure services and facilities that evaluates current and potential resources to better support older adults in our communities; and
• make recommendations to increase opportunities for those aged 50+ to participate in recreation and leisure activities by addressing barriers to participation.
We want to learn more about:
• The types of activities older adults enjoy
• Barriers to participation
• What older adults would like to have in their community
“Working with all our recreation and leisure partners, we are excited to gather feedback from the community and develop a strategy for future recreation and leisure needs of older adults”, said the City’s Community Development Program Manager Chris Kawalec.
An online survey is available from Tuesday, February 19 – Monday, March 11, 2019. It is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RecreationAndLeisure. Paper copies will be distributed throughout the City, County and First Nations, and are available on request.
Completing this survey is an important way for you to be heard. Results of this survey will help shape the future of older adult recreation and leisure in the local area.
“The United Way recognizes the role of recreation services in enhancing the vibrancy and lives of older adults. We are excited to be the sole funder of this initiative, building on the deep collaboration that has taken place in developing the Age-friendly Plan for our community,” said Jim Russell, CEO of United Way Peterborough & District.
Age-friendly Peterborough
Age-friendly Peterborough is a community-based collaborative that works to build a more inclusive, respectful, and accessible community for our aging population. This research is being conducted as part of the implementation of the Age-friendly Community Action Plan, and has been made possible through support from the United Way of Peterborough & District.
This information is also on our City of Peterborough website at www.peterborough.ca.
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For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:
Chris Kawalec
Community Development Program Manager & Seniors Portfolio
Social Services Division
City of Peterborough
178 Charlotte St.
Peterborough, ON K9J 2T8
705-748-8830 ext. 3834
Toll-Free: 1-855-738-3755
ckawalec@peterborough.ca