CPHC works for environmental and policy-level changes that result in safe, accessible, and plentiful community spaces for physical activity, including a built environment that supports walking and biking for transportation.
Active Community Environment Teams
Our staff works with municipal leaders, town planners and interested residents to build local coalitions who work to make communities safer and more accessible for pedestrians, bicyclists and users of other alternative modes of transportation.
Schools and Childcare Programs
We promote increased opportunities for activity before, during and after school. Our strategies include:
- Policy Change - CPHC offers technical assistance for making changes to school wellness and child care center policies.
- Curriculum Resources - CPHC can provide technical assistance in selecting and implementing curriculum to encourage physical activity within the school day and after school. We also offer resources, staff training and classroom support for bike safety and implementing a pedometer program.
- Funding - CPHC staff can assist schools and child cares with identifying appropriate funding opportunities and submitting proposals.
- Walk and Bike to School Encouragement - CPHC offers support and technical assistance for the creation of School Travel Plans, Walking School Bus events and Safe Routes to School funding applications.
Free and Low-Cost Places to be Active
We partner with local Recreation Departments, Adult and Community Education Programs, businesses and private facilities to increase access and participation among families and individuals of all incomes individuals. Some of the efforts we have worked on include:
- Sebago to the Sea - A contiguous trail from Sebago Lake to Casco Bay connecting Standish, Windham, Gorham, Westbrook, Portland and Falmouth. A member of the coalition, CPHC serves on the steering committee and funded signage for the project
CPHC's Trail Guides Offer info on trails for walking, hiking, and biking in all 14 CPHC towns, with a topographic map on one side and trail details on the back. The guides includes directions, info on parking, pets, and fees, and trail descriptions. Click here for more info.