Go Play Outside
- They perhaps grew up in a family that didn’t engage in play or they are so busy trying to keep up with everything that they don’t have the time to think about how to play with their kids.
- Lack of money – buying toys and props to play with outside isn’t within the financial reach of many families in Abbotsford.
- Program barriers – signing kids up for programs can present a number of barriers for parents such as cost, location (it’s yet another place they have to take their child to/from), scheduling (it can be tough to try and fit the program schedule - life can be unpredictable)
- Commitment – for many families, committing to a 6 or 8 week program just feels like it’s too much
- Isolation – with busy schedules, lack of interaction with neighbors, lack of family close-by, social isolation is becoming a significant problem in our community. How do you meet new people, where do you meet new people? Not only does this lead to social isolation, it also starts to erode the fabric of our sense of community and belonging.
Live 5-2-1-0 Playboxes are industrial metal jobsite boxes that are installed in community parks and contain equipment and ideas for active play. The boxes are wrapped with colourful vinyl graphics and secured with combination locks; the code to open a Playbox is freely accessible to families. As part of developing a healthy community the City of Abbotsford has partnered with Fraser Health, Abbotsford Community Services, Pacific Sport, the Abbotsford News, the Abbotsford School District and the University of the Fraser Valley to install several of these boxes filled play equipment such as balls, jump ropes, hula hoops and more.
Why Play Boxes?
The City of Abbotsford believes in helping our families raise healthy children. We know that children, who are raised in an environment where they are active, have better physical and emotional health, perform better academically, and have greater leadership skills. Physical activity also lowers depression and crime rates while increasing productivity and innovation. These are essential components to a healthy and thriving community. As a community, we all want our kids to be healthy, to play, and to have fun but the reality is that there can be a number of challenges to making that happen:
Playboxes bring more fun and more opportunities for active play to our families, offer parents and caregivers new ideas on how to play with their kids, supply the necessary games and sports equipment, and provide unlimited access and opportunity for families to get outdoors and engage with other families through active play. Playboxes help to enhance environments and remove some of the barriers to access for active outdoor play, as well as foster social connectedness. All you need to do to access all the fun stuff inside the box, is register at www.abbotsford.ca/goplayoutside and you will get the unlock code for the box - FREE.
What About Vandalism?
We are aware of the risks of vandalism, theft or damage of the equipment and we decided that helping families get active was way too important not to try something like this. For those of you who live in the areas around these parks, perhaps help keep an eye on them? We look for volunteers or volunteers groups to help to assist in maintaining these boxes. Want to host a box in a local park you near you? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to inquire email@example.com or sign up here
Where are the Live 5210 Play Boxes?
Grant Park (31850 Madiera PL)
Pepin Brook Park (2244 Reisling Drive)
McKinley Park (3646 McKinley Drive)
Want to help?
If you are interested in volunteering to assist with the maintenance and support of our Playboxes, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 604.557.7050 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: that previous registrants will have to re-register for the playbox codes.