Free Activity Boxes in Langley City Parks
Langley City, British Columbia – Langley City believes in supporting families to raise healthy children. Children who are raised in an active environment are emotionally and physically healthier, have stronger leadership skills, and perform better academically. Physically activity also lowers depression and crime rates while increasing productivity and innovation. These are essential components to support Langley City’s mission for “a vibrant, healthy and safe community.”
In partnership with Fraser Health, Langley Early Years Centre, and SCOPE BC (Sustainable Childhood Obesity through Community Engagement), an initiative of B.C. Children’s Hospital, and donated boxes from KMS Tools, Langley City has permanently installed Live 5-2-1-0 Playboxes at five park locations to encourage families to be active and to actively play outside. Douglas Park, City Park, Linwood Park, Penzer Park and Brydon Park users can access games, activities and sports equipment such as skipping ropes, hula hoops, frisbees, basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, pickle balls, and table tennis from dawn to dusk every day of the week.
The boxes, designed to promote healthy play time for children and families, is a part of the Live 5-2-1-0 program which is an evidence-based message promoting four simple guidelines for raising healthy children: 5 vegetables and fruits a day, no more than 2 hours of screen time each day, 1 hour of physical activity every day and 0 sugary drinks. For more information about Live 5-2-1-0, visit www.live5210.ca
“Langley City partnered with Fraser Health, Langley Early Years Centre, SCOPE BC, with the goal to remove any barriers for families and caregivers to be active and to encourage more families to play outside,” said Karlo Tamondong, Recreation Supervisor. “Live 5-2-1-0 Playboxes is one of the many initiatives the Recreation, Culture and Community Services Department is working on to accomplish the Quality of Life Key Result Area in our 2017-2021 Strategic Plan. “
How does it work?
Families can sign up and receive the access code to unlock the boxes for free by contacting the Recreation, Culture and Community Services department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.514.2940. Users are reminded to return the equipment and lock the boxes when done.