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West Humboldt Park: PlayStreets Events 2014

The West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) will organize 3 PlayStreets events in the West Humboldt Park Community on the following dates:

  • Saturday, August 2 – 900 Block of North Springfield
  • Saturday, August 30 – 3600 Block of West Ohio
  • Saturday, September 6 – 700 Block of North Sawyer

PlayStreets 2014 is a citywide initiative, which focuses on providing families and youth with open, safe play spaces to come together and engage in physical activities. This initiative will address obesity and diabetes related health disparities. Events are reoccurring and take place in communities that lack safe outdoor play spaces. Community based organizations, stakeholders and community members are

encouraged to work together to organize PlayStreets events during the summer season.

During PlayStreets events, the streets are closed off to traffic for three or more hours and transformed into an urban oasis featuring sports, games, bounce houses, dancing, fitness classes and more. This year, more than 140 PlayStreets events are already scheduledin 26 neighborhoods across the City of Chicago.

Gads Hill Center, the Active Transportation Alliance, World Sport Chicago and Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC) are coordinating this year’s events on behalf of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). Each organization will work with more than 20 grassroots community partners to help host the events, empowering residents to take back their streets for fun and fitness.

PlayStreets is a key component of Healthy Chicago, the citywide public health agenda first launched by Mayor Emanuel and CDPH in 2011. Healthy Chicago outlines more than 200 strategies dedicated to transforming the health of the City through collaborative efforts. PlayStreets is one strategy specific to helping youth to get and stay healthy in their schools, neighborhoods and homes. Mayor Emanuel and CDPH continue to promote strategic health efforts, including guaranteed recess for students, improved physical activity guidelines at childcare centers and increased access to healthy food options for families across Chicago.

For more information on West Humboldt Park PlayStreets events or to volunteer, please contact Isaiah Ross at (773) 342-0036 or email isaiah@whpdevelopmentcouncil.net

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Keywords: community development, community events, fitness, fun, games, play

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