Finding affordable recreation activities at local parks will be a little easier this summer as CKRecreation launches a new program called Play Pods.
This free, recreation-based program gives children and families a chance to play with equipment not normally found in parks, including Imagination Playground, mini scooters, SnugPlay loose parts, life-sized board games, and plenty of sports equipment.
“Our Play Pods will open new opportunities for families to use public spaces, and make it easier to get outside and be active,” CKRecreation’s Kelly Bachus said in a media release. “We were looking for a way to expand our Play Rangers program to more communities. Having these three big green containers allows us to store our equipment on site and open up activities in the park all weekend.”
Play Pods will open to the public, weather permitting, Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will rotate throughout Chatham-Kent in July and August.
Admission is free, and children of all ages are welcome.
CKRecreation Play Leaders will be present to facilitate and encourage spontaneous play, and maintain a safe play environment.
Look for Play Pods at community parks on the following dates:
July 5-7 and July 12-14 at Merlin Kinsmen Park, Thamesville Ferguson Park
and Ridgetown Kiwanis Park;
July 19-21 and July 26-28 at Tilbury Memorial Park, Dresden Kinsmen Park and Erieau Laverne Kelly Memorial Park;
August 2-4 and August 9-11 at Wheatley Area Complex, Wallaceburg Crother’s Park and Blenheim Memorial Park
August 16-18 and August 23-25 at Bothwell Victoria Park, Mitchell’s Bay Memorial Park and Pain Court Centennial Park
For complete schedules, visit https://www.chatham-kent.ca/recreation or call 519-360-1998.