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Icepark Group Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the establishment of a major, world class publicly-owned outdoor ice skating park in the city of Brampton in the Greater Toronto Area.
Ice skating is a sport and a pastime that the city has an exceptional opportunity to build on. It’s the most Canadian of activities. Ice skating can offer many hours of healthy enjoyment for city residents of all ages. The proposed park can also become a winter tourism destination for people across the region and North America.
Icepark Group Inc. is a citizen-based corporation not affiliated with any for-profit enterprise. It has no interest in building or operating the park.
Physical Activity and Health
Not only is the park proposed for enjoyment, but also as a means to energize the increasingly sedentary lives of people of all ages, who spend more and more hours viewing computer screens, TVs and electronic devices. Health officials and professionals are worried that the lack of physical activity among Ontarians will result in an increasing incidence of degenerative diseases as young people age.
The problem is serious. Few children get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to intensive exercise per day. Almost a third of children aged 5 to 11 are overweight or obese. And according to Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, 27% of children aged 12 to 17 are overweight or obese. Adults do not fare much better. The costs to our medical system will grow rapidly.
But for Canada 150 IceSkatePark to energize inactive people of all ages, and to also become a significant focus of winter excitement for all people, it has to be truly special. There needs to be a grandness of scope, a superior quality of product and a uniqueness that makes it a magnet for people in the Toronto region and a recognizable and exciting destination for many others.
That’s what Icepark Group is proposing.