Let’s Get Outdoors!
By Jan Perrault, Volunteer Writer, Township of Tiny
May 16, 2023
Spring is the season during which the natural world revives after the colder winter months. During spring, dormant plants begin to grow again and new seedlings sprout out of the ground. I’ve noticed the trilliums are now in full bloom. It’s a wonderful time of year to start new beginnings, so in this article you will find information on some outdoor activities that you may wish to try out! Do you remember the carefree days of your youth when you played with a flying disc on a sandy beach? The good news is there is a fun filled sport called Disc Golf that you can still enjoy. Disc golf is played much like golf except, instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc. A disc golf hole begins from a tee area and ends at a target, the most common of which is an elevated metal basket. It shares with golf the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws). It’s a healthy, inexpensive, recreational activity that provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise and mental stimulation. Players of limited fitness levels can start slowly and gradually increase their level of play. More good news, there is a Disc Golf league in Midland! Dan Gilbert started the league three years ago and the club plays at Little Lake Park. The group is open to anyone who is 60 or older. They play every Thursday at 10 a.m, except in the summer heat when the start time is 9:30 a.m. If you would like more information, Dan can be contacted at 705-718-7178 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can check out their facebook site at, Sixty and Hyzer. Another activity that can now be enjoyed outside is Pickleball. Seniors embracing pickleball are attracted to its simple rules and its low impact on knees and joints, and studies have shown playing pickleball regularly can improve fitness levels in seniors.The Township of Tiny is offering Pickelball sessions at the Balm Beach Pickleball Court starting May 8th. The best part is that it’s totally free! To obtain more information please call the recreation department at 705-526-4204 ext. 3 or www.tiny.ca and click on the Recreation and Community tab.
If you are not interested in sports but still love the outdoors, the Township of Tiny is proud to announce the launch of Art in the Heart. This is a new artisan market that will showcase the work of local artists. The market will be held at Wyevale Park and run for four weekends over July and August. Art in the Heart is an opportunity for local artisans to showcase their talent and creativity and for visitors to experience the vibrant cultural scene in the Heart of Georgian Bay. The market aims to be an accessible and inclusive event that reflects the landscape of Tiny and the surrounding municipalities.
Programs, Activities & Events
Seniors Symposium: Tiny Township is holding their yearly update for Seniors at the Seniors Symposium on June 1 st. This will be held at the Tiny Community Centre located at 91, Conc 8 E, Perkins field, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The agenda will include the annual update on Tiny’s Local Aging Plan, information booths, presentations,lunch and Tiny’s Senior of the Year Award Ceremony for 2022.
Community Gardens: If you’re interested in gardening, the Tiny Community Garden, which is located at Perkinsfield Park provides opportunities to see how green your thumb really is! A plot can be rented for $25 (plus HST). To register, complete the application form at www.tiny.ca/gardens or call Grace Beaman at 705-526-4204 ex. 3.
Communications: A great way to keep informed on what’s happening in the municipality is through TinyConnect. You can receive information via text, email, voice or TTY/TDD. There are several ways to register and receive updates, such as online at www.tinyconnect.ca, or phone 705-526-4204 ext. 301.
Red Cross: Red Cross Simcoe Muskoka is available to seniors 65+ facing barriers, contact by phone at 705-721-3313 x5274 or via their website at www.redcross.ca. Upon request, a Friendly Visiting/Telephone program could be set up for seniors needing at home assistance.
Transportation: CT Link – a community transportation service for Simcoe residents for medical (priority) and other appointments within Simcoe County and other destinations. If wheelchair assistance is required, advise when booking. To request this service, go online to ctlink.ca or Dial 211 for assistance.
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo