Recreation and leisure activities are the glue that holds rural people and community together. At The Meeting Place, this encompasses fitness, sport, music, art and conversation.
Fitness programs are informal or formal depending on the community resources available. The ‘Rock’ room can be set up for anything from dance to yoga to weights & circuits. Fitness programs have been popular at TMP and for the last few years TMP has embraced some innovative ways of bringing options for good health and well-being to the community.
Mini Gym and Self-Organizing Fitness Program
Mini Gym and Self-Organizing Fitness Program is a program where adults can join a roster of participants who can access a mini gym with three pieces of standing exercise equipment. Other portable exercise equipment can be used independently and all at the participants’ choice of scheduled time. No fee or registration is required but participants must complete an orientation session, sign a waiver with TMP and book their exercise times using TMP schedule. Open all year round.
Sharing Dance Seniors
Sharing Dance Seniors is an innovative exercise and movement program delivered to community sites via an internet video platform designed and produced by the National Ballet School and Baycrest Health Centre. The evidence-based physical and cognitive benefits form the basis of the program. Seniors enjoy high-quality music and dance moves presented on our 70 “ Smart TV with surround sound. Using an on-site volunteer coordinator, 10-12 ‘dancers’ participate in a one-hour class over 8 weeks. Local business sponsors are Bruce Anchor Cruises and the Princess Hotel.
Seasonal registration required; no cost; donations are welcome.
Sports Night is a weekly youth and adult program where participants mix it up for badminton, floor hockey, volleyball or basketball at the St. Edmund’s school gym.
October through May, Monday’s 7-9pm, no registration necessary.
Leisure Activities are a big part of wellness and community connection. The Meeting Place strives to host activities that are enjoyable and bring people together, using our resources, space and volunteers.
Open Mic brings together all ages of local musicians and other performers in a spontaneous musical evening for community enjoyment; refreshments and dancing are part of the experience. Volunteer hosts set up a stage area with full sound equipment and every chair in the house. Refreshments available.
First Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm, October to April. All ages welcome to play or enjoy. No cost.
Community Gardens support local food sustainability, provide gardening space for those who do not have it, and create a platform for teaching and connecting to the earth with local youth. The gardens use organic gardening methods with heirloom seeds. The Meeting Place Community Gardens group is part of a local network of gardens including St. Edmund’s Pubic School ‘Roots and Fruits’ garden and the Primary Place Day Care ‘Lets Grow’ garden.
Garden plots may be available so check each spring so inquire at The Meeting Place before May 1st. We welcome other volunteers to assist general activities at the Community Gardens and with children’s gardening programs.
Tobermory Community Park
Tobermory Community Park is one of the most unique recreation initiatives on the Peninsula. It’s a grass roots project and volunteer build of an accessible community park; co-locating a skatepark, community gardens, outdoor fitness equipment, trails and an off-leash dog park. The project was facilitated by The Meeting Place with The Municipality of Northern Bruce as an important collaborative partner.
The park is now fully open for community and visitor use for 3 seasons. Please read information signage and respect the few rules posted.
Link to Community Life in Tobermory brochure.