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City to host free "Kids to Parks" to encourage outdoor play on Sat., May 20

As part of a national movement, City of Yuma Parks and Recreation encourages children and families to visit parks and play outdoors during Kids to Parks Day from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at West Wetlands Park, 282 N. 12th Ave.

National Kids to Parks Day is a national day of outdoor play organized by the National Park Trust to encourage children across the United States to explore their local parks, foster healthy outdoor activity, and discover nature, history and adventure.

Parks and Recreation will host the free event at West Wetlands Park, home to the Stewart Vincent Wolfe Creative Playground and located within the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.

“One of the main goals of our department is to encourage, engage and empower children and their families to get outdoors and visit the parks in our community,” said Yuma Parks and Recreation Director Debbie Wendt. “The Kids to Parks Day is the embodiment of that mission.”

Activities at the event include:

  • Starting New at Golf (SNAG)
  • FootGolf
  • Disc Golf
  • Washoes
  • Cornhole
  • Information about City's Parks and Recreation summer programs and events.

Free hotdogs and water will be provided to attendees while supplies last.

“Youth today are spending so much time indoors, watching TV, playing on their computers or phones; they are missing so many of the wonderful things and benefits they can experience by getting outside and playing in a park,” Wendt said. “Outdoor play leads to a more active lifestyle, new friends, quality time with family, an opportunity to learn about nature, and to see the beauty our parks have to offer, and that’s what Kids to Parks Day is all about.”