A new way for kids and family to play is available in downtown, Play Walk’s first-of-its-kind activity was launched yesterday.
Mayor Lovely A. Warren, along with the company of youth and community leaders cut the ribbon on the Play Walk, a new, playful walkway trail along Chestnut and Court Street between the Strong Museum and the Central Library.
A youth design team from the Central Library with the help of local artist Shawn Dunwoody and landscape artist Sue Steele designed the play walk together with a planning committee of community partners.
In addition to the Play, the walk features blue and yellow sidewalk dots and cubes marks on the trail with murals.
The Play Walk includes permanently mounted big format games and activities such as a distortion mirror, foosball, a four-in-a-row video game, music tools and playful upcycled newspaper boxes that offer a place with free publication sharing.
Jenn Beideman, the manager for Common Ground Health expressed that: “Play is critical for the health and development of all children’s minds and bodies, and places like ‘’The Play Walk’’ allows for spaces to be turned into moments of wonder and learning for any kid or family. By connecting kid-friendly locations through vibrant outdoor spaces, Rochester is leading the way in kid-friendly environments and play.”
The idea for Play Walk came from a community brainstorming session and a youth survey conducted by Healthi Kids, a campaign of Common Ground Health.
Thanks to the assistance of Play Everywhere grant from KaBOOM! , The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, The City of Rochester, and the Rochester Public Library this project was possible.