The Simple Joy Of a Playground

I was brought up in the country, 10 minutes away from a tiny town. I guess that’s why I love the city from a distance. I love the hustle and bustle, the city lights, the sights and smells, but I love coming home. Home to the water, the sand and the quiet. In all the years of my life I’ve always lived near a bay or a lake. The beach has been a part of my life since I turned 3.

So has play.

There is a park on Christie Beach Road, a little escape between two tiny towns, just west of Blue Mountain. I spent my childhood there playing at the playground, climbing the metal structures, sliding down the slide and pumping my legs as hard as I could to try and reach the very top of the sky. I never quite made it, but I came close. Years later I’m still trying to reach the top.

It’s funny because the playground brings back such vivid memories for me. I remember the sharp scent of the metal in the early hours of the morning and in my mind I can still distinctly hear the squeak of the swing that was in desperate need of an oiling. I took my kids back to my old stomping grounds last summer and more memories came rushing back. The playground of my childhood is looking a little (ok a lot) worse for wear, but the memories are still there. Sharp and clear. Playgrounds do that to you.

We’ve moved since then, several times, and I don’t live close to that beach or playground, but we relocated near the water. My kids have ‘their own’ playground, one with its very own set of swings, play structures, slides and yes, even a beach. I hope one day that they too will remember the fun they had while playing.

For the past 4 years, Kraft has helped communities across Canada by providing funds for new projects, or existing areas that are in need of improvement. The Kraft Celebration Tour is back for its 5th year and starting today YOU and yours can nominate a city or town of your choice for the chance to win $25,000 towards a community project. Each winning community will also host one of 10 live broadcasts on Canada’s most-watched sports news program, TSN. These live events are pat of their cross-country tour that’s running from August 16-25.

Canadians can nominate their own community online from now until June 7th by visiting kraftcelebrationtour.ca and tourneedecelebrationkraft.ca. Submissions should include up to five photos to explain why the need is there as well as a short essay describing why this town or city deserves to win the $25,000 award and how it will help promote community spirit, passion for sports, an active lifestyle.

“Disclosure – I am participating in the Kraft Celebration Tour Blogger Campaign. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.”