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City launching new Live Playboxes

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:35 PDT, Mon July 8, 2019

Community members of all ages are invited to discover a world of activity and play at a special event on Tuesday, July 9.

Community members of all ages are invited to discover a world of activity and play at a special event on Tuesday, July 9.

From 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Lang Neighbourhood Park, 8211 Saba Rd., kids are invited to jump, run and twirl amidst giant sunflowers and lily pads and follow the colourful footsteps towards a new Live 5-2-1-0 Playbox filled with outdoor toys and games that can be accessed for free.

This event is an opportunity to check out one of Richmond’s three new Live 5-2-1-0 Playboxes and connect with neighbours while learning about the benefits of outdoor play in all seasons. Active games will be led by the City of Richmond’s Physical Literacy Street Team, with activities facilitated by City Centre Community Association’s Fun in Lang Park program.

The three new Playboxes are located at Minoru Park, Lang Neighbourhood Park and Brighouse Elementary School. Families are encouraged to get the code to unlock the box, play with the toys and then return them to the box when playtime is done.

For a limited time, these new Playboxes will be accompanied with some surprises. Concrete graphics have been creatively placed to animate the play area, including some that are only unveiled in the rain. Playing outdoors is a great way to be active, connect with nature and spend quality time together. Families are encouraged to dress for the weather, use their imagination and get out and play.

This project is part of the City of Richmond Community Wellness Strategy and is delivered in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health–Richmond, Richmond School District 38, City Centre Community Association and Richmond Fitness and Wellness Association, with support from the BC Healthy Communities Society’s Active Communities Grant.

Richmond has Live 5-2-1-0 Playboxes for all to enjoy at six locations: Brighouse Elementary School, Cambie Community Centre, Hamilton Community Centre, Lang Neighbourhood Park, Minoru Park and Thompson Community Centre.

For free access to outdoor play and sports equipment, request the code and open the box to a surprise of fun with balls, games, racquets and more. For more information, visit.

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