Town of Truro integrates movement equipment into trail system at Victoria Park encouraging unique physical activity for all
Minutes away from downtown Truro is Victoria Park – a 3,000-acre oasis with a one-of-a-kind trail system that showcases waterfalls, valleys and the beauty of the great outdoors.
However, this park offers a unique outdoor experience. Nestled among mother nature’s beauty, you can find movement equipment including big stairs, logs, monkey bars and pull-up bars.
With the creation of the Fit-Trail, the Town of Truro Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture has enhanced the trail system with the addition of fun, stationary movement equipment along the trail, making the experience outside more adventurous for all ages and abilities.
The Fit-Trail provides free access to year-round movement equipment to encourage physical activity among individuals, families and community groups who venture through Victoria Park.
“We have seen with the COVID-19 pandemic how people want to be outside and ease back into outdoor activities,” said Shannon Jarvis, active community coordinator for the Town of Truro Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture. “With the Fit-Trail, we wanted to integrate equipment throughout the trail that people could use as they make their way through the trail.”
So far, nine pieces of equipment have been added to the trail and include big stairs, logs, monkey bars and pull-up bars. These pieces offer the choice of variations to walks, runs, workouts and create an enhanced outdoor experience for all.
“The nice part about the equipment is that you get to choose your own adventure,” said Jarvis. Between all the equipment, there is a challenge for everyone of all abilities to try.
The new equipment is very popular and enjoyed by individuals, families and community groups, alike.
“It’s kind of nostalgic,” said Jarvis. “Can you remember the last time you were on monkey bars?”
The main entrance to Victoria Park is 29 Park Road. The Fit-Trail is the first of its kind in the Truro area to offer equipment integrated into the trail system. The equipment installed will be enjoyed by all visitors for years to come.
In 2020, this program received funding through the Truro and Area Community Health Board (CHB) Wellness Fund.
Each year, Nova Scotia Health designates funds for each CHB in the province to distribute as Wellness Funds.
This Wellness Fund is for non-profit groups working to improve health in their communities and must address the health priorities identified by CHBs in their current community health plans.