Friday, October 31, 2014

‘Play Day’ set for City Park

By The Herald Staff | 5/7/2014

Ottawa residents are encouraged to bring the kids and plenty of energy to City Park.

The City of Ottawa’s Play Task Force has scheduled a community Play Day for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 in the park, Fifth and Main streets.

Ottawa residents are encouraged to bring the kids and plenty of energy to City Park.

The City of Ottawa’s Play Task Force has scheduled a community Play Day for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 in the park, Fifth and Main streets.

This year marks the fifth Play Day in Ottawa, organizers said, which was originally created as part of the city’s successful effort to become a Playful City USA. Playful City USA is a national recognition program sponsored by the Humana Foundation, honoring cities and towns that champion efforts to make play a priority through establishing policy initiatives, infrastructure investments and innovative programming.

The Play Day has resulted in a new opportunity for youth and families to get outside and play together as a community, according to a Play Task Force news release.

“I hope we can continue to encourage our families to get out and enjoy our parks and playgrounds,” Fonda Rose, Play Task Force chair, said. “Play Day is an organized event to kick off the summer to support the fun we can have together when we leave the electronics at home.”

The event is to feature the Imagination Playground in a Box and a “cardboard town,” the release said. The day also is to include games, tug of war, pillow polo, face painting, lunch and other activities.

Play Task Force and Ottawa Rotary Club members and other volunteers enable this event for the community, the release said, with funding provided by the City of Ottawa. Volunteers still are needed. To volunteer, contact Wynndee Lee, the city’s director of planning codes, at wlee@ottawaks.gov or (785) 229-3620 to sign-up for a shift.

The Play Passports, a new opportunity at last year’s Play Day, are expected to be distributed again.

Listed inside the passports are a variety of community events in parks or public spaces that children and youth can attend. The passports encourage families to get out to new parks or playgrounds or new events, by checking off various boxes, organizers said.

If eight or more boxes are checked, a passport can be turned in for a prize in August, organizers said.

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