Go Play Outside
The City of Abbotsford would like to thank everyone involved for their contributions and commitment to creating a healthier community over the nine years that Healthy Abbotsford has been in place. The initiatives of Healthy Abbotsford will continue to be undertaken by the City’s Parks, Recreation & Culture department. We look forward to be a great partner, supporting the Walk Abbotsford volunteer program, and continuing to provide and support Playboxes in parks. Creating a healthy Abbotsford will be the outcome of the work that we continue to do as a department, as a City, and as a community.
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.
Why Play Boxes?
As a parent, we all want our kids to be healthy, to play, and to have fun. And the reality is that there can be a number of challenges to making that happen:
- 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.
So, in an effort to ease some of these challenges, Healthy Abbotsford, along with its partners, has launched the Live 5210 Play Boxes. These are boxes that are filled with all sorts of play equipment that families can access for free, anytime they want!
What About Vandalism?
Now, we are aware of the risks of vandalism, theft or damage of the equipment etc. 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? If we come together as a community this could be a really amazing thing!
Where are the Live 5210 Play Boxes?
Grant Park (31850 Madiera PL)
Pepin Brook Park (2244 Reisling Drive)
McKinley Park (3646 McKinley Drive)
Please note: that previous registrants will have to re-register for the playbox codes.
The Walk Abbotsford program is currently on hiatus, watch for a program redevelopment plan coming soon