Join us at the Sharing Square Community Garden for the 2017 growing season! The garden is located outside of the Municipal Building at 151 King Street in Chester.
2017 not only marks Canada's 150th birthday, but it's also the 15th year that the Community Garden has been up and running. Since its humble beginnings as a 12'x 12' pilot project, the garden outside of the Municipal Building has been yielding a record amount of produce each year (except for one).
In 2001, municipal staff started promoting a national program called "Plant-a-row, Grow-a-row" that asked gardeners to dedicate a row of their vegetable garden to growing food for local food banks. Shortly thereafter, we decided to have a garden of our own to show how fruitful a little work could be.
Staff gave up lunch hours to prepare, plant, and pick and gave the vegetables to the Lighthouse Food Bank under the Plant-a-row program, which provided all of the seeds.
Over the years, staff came and went, but the garden continued to flourish. We experimented with different vegetables, battled obstinate weeds, struggled with whose turn it was to water the garden, and happily picked our bounty every Tuesday.
Two years ago, Council approved expansion and the small patch became a larger patch, about three times the original size. Staff along with a few members of the community organized themselves as "Nourish Community Garden Cooperative" and re-christened the garden "Sharing Square Community Garden", which is open to all who have an interest in vegetable gardening, growing their own food, or eating garden-fresh produce. We expanded to include a natural herb garden and a solitary fruit tree, which sadly met its demise last year after meeting the ride-on lawnmower for the first time.
As we continue growing (pun intended), we invite everyone to celebrate our garden's birthday by visiting it when you have a few minutes...and maybe pick a few weeds.
The Canadian Tire Jumpstart Adapted Recreation Equipment Loan Program is a wonderful opportunity for families of kids and youth with a physical disability or acquired brain injury to experience (or continue to experience) a variety of activities. The Municipality of Chester, through this program, can offer the following pieces of equipment for use.
Hippocampes - This all-terrain wheelchair can be pushed, towed or self-propelled on land or in water. Any age can enjoy outdoor activities to their full ability. It "puts the fun in function"! It's collapsible for easy transport, lightweight, and even comes with a ski attachment!
Fatwheels - These oversized training wheels make riding a bike easier for those with special needs. Many people with Down Syndrome, Autism, and cerebral palsy, for example, have used fatwheels and the experience of freewheelin' fun!
Adapted Trikes - These comfortable and safe tricycles come in three sizes and are designed to enhance strength and self-esteem. Each one is also equipped with adjustable trunk support for stability.
Sledges - Enjoy a game of hockey or just go for a glide on the ice with these innovative "sleds". Players propel themselves by using two sticks with picks - one for the right hand and one for the left. Safety equipment is also provided (helmets, gloves, shin pads).
Duet Cycle - This tandem bike is easy to pedal and comes with an electric pack to assist those peddling. Essentially, it's a wheelchair on the front of a bike.
There aren't any new programs since the last Expore Life Recreation Guide, but if some come up, we'll post them here!
PRO Kids funding partners:
We have many businesses, organizations, and individuals who have financially supported PRO Kids through donation, fundraiser, and equipment. We thank everyone profoundly for their interest, kindness, and generosity. You have changed a child's life! They thank you too...
We've heard many times, "if only there was one place where I could go to get information on programs and events along the South Shore..." You spoke and we listened. The District of Chester, with our regional recreation partners, have created www.SouthShoreConnect.ca. It is your one stop shop for everything recreation related: programs, events, trails, community groups, and facilities from Hubbards to Yarmouth. When you reach the site, click on 'Search the Active Living Guide' and enter keywords and your area of interest and the system returns to you opportunities from over 2000 current listing. It's also a great place to list your opportunity to ensure your information reaches a broad audience. Subscribe to receive notices of upcoming programs and events.
Being physically active is one of the cornerstones of a healthy and fulfilling life. We are fortunate to live in a place that allows each of us to discover the activity that really excites us and sustains us. Walking is certainly the favourite of our residents, but we also enjoy running, biking, swimming, yoga, golf, hockey, dancing and many more. Physical activity doesn't just include organized or competitive sports. Whatever you can do to stretch, lift, throw, run, climb, and laugh qualifies as physical activity. Housework, gardening, stacking firewood all have benefits. And those things that we used to do as kids like Frisbee, tag, and playgrounds are just as fun and relevant to our growth (as an adult or child) as they were then. There are many obligations and distractions in our lives today, but if we can strive to get our bodies moving a few times each week, we will all begin to see the benefits to our bodies, our relationships, and our communities.
What is the right amount of physical activity for you? To view the Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Guidelines click here.
The Municipality of Chester has made a commitment to creating a healthier community. Through investments in trails, sidewalks, the skate park, and community schools; recreation programs and financial assistance plans (e.g. grants and PRO Kids); leadership development; and through partnerships with local and provincial organizations; we are working to create a culture that values and strives towards active lifestyles.
Explore Life Recreation Guide
Each quarter we publish a complete guide of all the municipal program offerings and enough information and inspiration to help you experience the fantastic recreation selections close to home. We call it Explore Life. Look for it in your mailbox or download current and past editions here. Have a look at the options then click here to go directly to our online registration page.
Recreation Map and Guides
The first edition of our Recreation Map and Guide captures all of the places and spaces for you to participate in four seasons of fun and adventure. From public pools, beaches, and rinks; to trails and open spaces; the guide highlights opportunities in communities throughout the Municipality. Click here to download.
Our original Chester Connection and Aspotogan Trails Map remains a popular resource and provide a few more details than the Rec Map above. Explore 46 km of multi-use rail-trail from one end of the Municipality to the other, and link to our neighbours to the east and west. Click here to download.
Active Living Strategy
Our Active Living Strategy (2014-2017) will guide our actions over the next few years. It focuses on improving access to outdoor recreation; creating supportive environments for women and girls; providing information and inspiration; connecting to the health sector; better serving isolated populations; and making walking and biking a part of everyday life. Implementation of the strategy is the responsibility of our active living coordinator. Click here to download the strategy. This position is a partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness under their Municipal Physical Activity Leadership (MPAL) program.