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I grew up in a small town on the south shore of Nova Scotia and some of my fondest memories were of us outside playing in our backyard, at the playground or alongside the ocean. After graduating high school, I moved to the city for university, I stayed relatively close to the downtown core and definitely lost touch a bit with the outdoorsy side of me. When I was on maternity leave with Mía, the need to be outside at least once a day was intense. It kept me sane and allowed me to escape the feelings of being trapped and alone at home. I needed to be outside and have some interaction with other people on a daily basis to feel a resemblance of my previous full-time work routine, where I interacted with dozens of different people every day.
When I read the TD GreenSights Report and that the top 3 reasons why Canadians used green spaces was linked to escapism, that completely hit home for me. Living in the heart of downtown Halifax for so many years, either going to school full time or working full time, I used the local parks and paths during my downtime to "escape" the daily routine and sometimes the stresses that came with those routines. After having Mía and craving those outdoor spaces to take her to explore, we knew it was due time to get out of our condo and find a house with a green space to call our own. The report highlighted that Canadians most often use green spaces to relax (either on their own or with family and friends), as well an opportunity to connect with nature.
The construction of the new outdoor library area for the Dartmouth North Community Centre is well underway and when it is completed it will offer the residents of that community a space to escape, relax, gather and connect. The outdoor library space along with the new playground will offer an opportunity for the whole family to come and enjoy the centre in a multitude of ways. The TD Common Ground Project will not only recognize the milestone 150th year for Canada, but it is also creating a lasting legacy of green spaces that Canadians can come together within for years to come. If you want to read more about the projects that the TD Common Ground Project have completed or are underway, visit their website to learn more.
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