The Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI) and Microsoft Canada has teamed up with eight recreation program providers in Peel to launch Play in Peel, a web app that curates recreation, arts and library programming across Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon into one place that can be accessed on a computer, tablet or smart phone.
Play in Peel is rooted in PCYI’s Peel’s Kids Participate: A Recreation and After School Strategy 2013-18 (http://www.pcyi.org/recreation-after-school-project). Peel based research shows that families consider awareness and registration to be barriers to participating in recreational activities. Play in Peel is one way the strategy is helping to improve access to recreation in Peel. Participation in recreation has cross-sectorial benefits for youth, such as improved physical health, mental health, education attainment and crime rates.
Play in Peel has many features to offer a tailored user experience, including custom options, built-in walking directions and social sharing. Currently, the app features programming from the City of Mississauga, City of Brampton, Mississauga Library System, Brampton Library, Caledon Library, Mississauga Arts Council, Brampton Arts Council and YMCA of Greater Toronto. Play in Peel features programs for all ages.
The app’s sponsor, Microsoft Canada, is a leader in open data initiatives and this app sets a new precedent for the way recreation data can be opened, stored and standardized. Play In Peel may act as a model for other municipalities.
To use the new web app, visit http://www.PlayInPeel.org.