A new Play Box was unveiled in Rocky Point Park today. The Play Box is located In the area between the wooden bridge and the skate park. This new Play Box is filled with toys, balls, and games to promote physical activity in the community.
The box was made possible through the generous support of the City of Port Moody, Fraser Health, KMS Tools, Soccer Express and Canadian Tire.
Play Boxes have been installed throughout British Columbia as part of the Live 5-2-1-0 initiative from BC Children’s Hospital. Live 5-2-1-0 is an evidence based message recommending that children enjoy 5 or more vegetables and fruits every day, limit screen use (computers, television) to no more than 2 hours per day, play actively for at least 1 hour per day and choose healthy foods with 0 sugar sweetened drinks.
Play Boxes encourage families to make greater use of public parks and keep physically active. One parent that regularly uses Play Boxes in Abbotsford shared, “I like that I don't have to bring extra equipment to the park. We always walk to the park and the play box items keep my son occupied at the park longer.”
Using Play Boxes is simple: (1) Register online to get the access code; (2) Enter the access code to unlock the Play Box; (3) Use the equipment in the play area where the Play Box is located; (4) Return the equipment to the Play Box when you’re done.
To register for the Play Box and for updates, please visit: http://www.tricitiesunplug.com/play-boxes/
“This new Play Box located in our busiest park will encourage more families to play together, be active, and get outdoors more often,” said Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay. “The City of Port Moody is committed to providing residents of all ages with affordable opportunities for healthy, active living, so we’re proud to be a partner in this important project, which provides families with access to free, outdoor activities.”
In partnership with the City of Port Moody, the Tri-Cities Healthy Living Working Group spearheaded coordination and sourcing the Play Box. The Healthy Living Working Group includes representatives from the Early Childhood Development Committee, The Middle Childhood Matters Committee, School District 43, City of Coquitlam, City of Port Coquitlam, YMCA, Westcoast Family Centres, The United Way Avenues of Change Project, Place Maillardville, and Fraser Health.
Additional Play Boxes are planned for Port Moody (Seaview Park) and Port Coquitlam (Sun Valley Park).