Let’s face it: people today do not always lead the healthiest of lifestyles. In our increasingly sedentary society, people are often unmotivated to move and stay fit, many times due to lack of available resources. But Bridgwater Forest wants to change that and keep its residents’ health and wellbeing at the forefront of its development to ensure for a healthier future.
One of the guiding principles of the Northwest Neighbourhood Area Structure Plan was to offer increased walkability, and the Bridgwater development has fulfilled that promise, offering several kilometres of wide sidewalks and pedestrian paths so residents can walk and cycle throughout the entire year. Developers have even designed strategically placed roundabouts so residents can walk without having to fear vehicle traffic.
“Walkability is very important to us, and we’re trying to develop a neighbourhood with more pedestrian traffic and less reliance on the automobile,” says Dwayne Rewniak, director of land development at Manitoba Housing. “The neighbourhood will contain over five kilometres of scenic pathways. We currently have 1.5 kilometres of paths already active, and an additional 1.5 kilometres will be finished by the end of the year.”
While strolling the paths, residents can enjoy the beauty of the natural, park-like surroundings of forests and sparkling lakes. Thanks to its wide-open spaces and plethora of trees, residents can enjoy an abundance of fresh, clean air that is not usually available in urban areas.
Upon completion of the town centre, which is unique in that it is reminiscent of small communities and towns of the past, residents can also stroll to the nearby shops and services, ensuring they lead an even more active lifestyle by incorporating walking into their daily routines. The Bridgwater Forest neighbourhood is also located near plenty of places where residents can go to improve their physical fitness, like the University of Manitoba.
Indeed, Bridgwater Forest not only looks after its residents’ needs in terms of building the perfect homes and using energy-efficient solutions, but it also takes care of the most important factor of all: their health and wellbeing.