Heartland Forest awarded Jumpstart Accessibility Grant

Canadian Tire Corporation press release – In celebration of National AccessAbility Week, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is proud to announce Heartland Forest as a 2019 Jumpstart Accessibility Grant recipient.

The program will receive $48,000 to install accessible concrete pathways connecting the different site pavilions throughout the outdoor centre, allowing full access for people of all abilities.

The installation will yield higher quality programming to support physical activity.

“Jumpstart is committed to helping kids get active, whether through playing a sport or simply getting outside with friends,” said Scott Fraser, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “We are proud to support Heartland Forest’s pursuit of making their recreation programming even more accessible to kids of all abilities.”

For more than a decade, Heartland Forest has served the Niagara Region through interactive programs such as environmental education and inclusive adventure camps; adaptable fitness and sports activities for children, adults, and seniors; brain injury rehabilitation; and more.

The program services approximately 20,000 users annually, including more than 5,000 youth from Niagara Region Schools, Summer Adventure Day Camps, Autism Niagara, and ParaSport Ontario Day Camps, along with others.

“Heartland Forest is such a special place,” said Dan Bouwman, Founder Heartland Forest. “We have an amazing dedicated volunteer group, strong links within the community, unwavering commitment to accessibility and dynamic and diverse programming. We are passionate about providing kids of all abilities with first-hand opportunities to experience and discover all that being active in the local natural environment has to offer.”

Jumpstart Accessibility Grants support capital costs of construction and renovations to improve physical accessibility to, and inclusivity in, recreation facilities. Eligible organizations include municipalities and public recreation centres and facilities, schools and community organizations with publicly accessible facilities, and public recreation spaces owned and operated by private foundations.