March 25, 2021

Active and creative feel-good community experiences for all ages and abilities

Reposted from the Town of Oakville

With the warmer weather fast approaching, the Town of Oakville is encouraging residents to “spring into action” this season. While COVID-19 continues to challenge us, Ready, Set, Spring! will offer unique opportunities to not only give back to the community, but to focus on personal wellness through recreation and culture activities.

“Even in adversity, Oakville residents continue to show their amazing community spirit,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “Our town’s community engagement is unparalleled and this initiative provides residents with ways to support local, donate to those in need and maintain physical fitness and mental well-being, all while following COVID-19 protocols.”

To officially launch Ready, Set, Spring!, residents are invited to give back to the community at two drive-thru donation events on Saturday, April 10 at Coronation Park from 9 a.m. to noon, and Sixteen Mile Sports Complex from 2 to 5 p.m.

While in the safety and comfort of your vehicle, wave hello to Sparky the Fire Dog and the Oakville Fire department, plus enjoy spring give-aways including Take and Make crafts and seed planting kits (available while supplies last).

Residents are invited to drive through their preferred location to drop off new or unused items. In consultation with local agencies, the following items are required:

•    Non-perishable food items
•    Recreation and arts equipment (used bikes will be accepted)
•    Baby supplies (diapers, wipes, formula, etc.)
•    Personal care products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
•    Menstrual products (sanitary napkins, tampons, etc.)

Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, we will not be accepting used items, clothing or household items. Pedestrian access is not permitted at the donation event sites.

A special thanks to our partners at United Way of Halton and Hamilton, Food for Life Canada, Kerr Street Mission, and Front Line Outreach for their help distributing these items into the community.

Looking for other ways to Ready, Set, Spring? Residents are invited to spring into action to enjoy:

•    Outdoor recreation opportunities on trails, courts, gardens, and more.
•    Oakville Museum self-guided outdoor experiences at Erchless Estate.
•    Spring Scavenger Hunt and family fitness challenges.
•    Self-guided StoryWalks on select trails with Oakville Public Library (OPL).
•    No Dragons for Tea virtual storytimes with OPL and Oakville Fire.
•    Sports Equipment Lending Program offered through OPL.
•    Virtual programs for all ages and abilities (free and fee-based).
•    Community events (BIAs, Visit Oakville, Oakville Galleries).

For those looking for safe and physically-distanced in-person activities, the town continues to offer limited pre-registered programming, fitness and culture memberships, recreational swimming and skating, drop-in sport training, and more. Registration for spring programs opens Wednesday, March 24 at 7 a.m.

All programs offered follow strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Please visit our Ready, Set, Spring page for more information about the donation events, activities, programs, and more.