Come Play the Brentwood Way!
Brentwood Hosts a Play Day on September 6th!
By Barbie Gary
Brentwood will be one of more than 1,000 communities across the U.S. hosting a KaBOOM! Play Day in the coming weeks. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit making children healthier by creating great places to play and they recently named Brentwood as a Playful City USA for the third year in a row! One way that Brentwood proves it's a Playful City is by hosting its annual FREE Play Day on Monday, September 6th, from 1-3pm at Veterans Park to celebrate play. A variety of games and activities to get families healthy and active outside will be offered, including a scavenger hunt, chalk art drawing, bubbles and a simple landscape improvement project at the park to spruce up the trees (so bring your gloves and shovel!) After the Play Day, scoot next door to the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex for their 10 year Birthday Celebration from 3-5 p.m. Games, giveaways and of course a birthday cake will all be part of the fun!
Brentwood was one of 118 cities designated by KaBOOM! as a Playful City USA for 2010 - with only 10 in California and only Brentwood, Redwood City and San Francisco in Northern California. Each community selected demonstrated creative commitments to the cause of play. Brentwood was selected for a variety of reasons, including that fact that it offers the community its Wellness Policy, a community-wide aspirational goal which promotes physical activity and education as the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, with 58 parks within nearly 12 square miles, there are plenty of great parks to visit. Some parks, such as Blue Goose Park and Rainbow's End Park, have water features which provide a free and fun way for kids to cool off during the summer. Or, check out the dog park at King Park, dig up an archeological find in the sand box at Kaleidoscope Park, or shoot hoops at Balfour-Guthrie Park.
With so many great park options in Brentwood, it might be hard to figure out where to start. The process is a whole lot simpler if you use the Playspace Finder, sponsored by KaBOOM!. This website allows you to type in your city or zip code and find out the location of parks and playspaces in your area. The searchable map pinpoints each park and allows you to click on a specific park to get details equipment and amenities, view photos, and read ratings posted by other users. The Playspace Finder can be found at http://playspacefinder.kaboom.org/ or through the City of Brentwood Parks and Recreation webpage at www.ci.brentwood.ca.us.
Here are some interesting facts about play in America today:
Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation and are spending an average of four hours a day viewing electronic media.
Lack of play is directly linked to increased childhood obesity - one of the main issues facing children today.
Play enhances children's learning readiness, learning behaviors, and problem- solving skills. They're also happier and better able to get along with others.
"An extreme misconception exists in our country that play among children is a luxury when, in fact, it's an absolute necessity," said Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! CEO and Co-founder. "For decades, this notion dominated our actions and we continue to see the damaging results: a monumental lack of playspaces for children and sky-rocketing childhood obesity rates. Brentwood refused to adhere to the status quo and realized all children deserve a municipal commitment to the cause of play. These 118 Playful City USA communities serve as beacons for the rest of our nation that an investment in children is an investment in our future."
For more information on the KaBOOM! Playful City USA program, including applications for 2011, visit www.kaboom.org/playfulcityusa.
Labor Day, Monday, September 6th
Veterans Park, 3841 Balfour Road
Everyone is welcome to this free event!
For more information about Parks and Recreation events in Brentwood, call our office at 516-5444 or www.ci.brentwood.ca.us
EverythingBrentwood.com thanks Barbie Gary for this wonderful article!
Barbie Gary is a Recreation Supervisor at the Parks and Recreation Department at the City of Brentwood.
Article posted in September 2010 and so may be outdated after sometime.