Play Streets, an innovative program designed to combat childhood obesity by creating unique spaces for fun outdoor play, is making its third Buffalo stop of the season in the city’s Seneca-Babcock neighborhood. Activities will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 7, on Seneca Street between Peabody and Imson. The play area will be blocked off to vehicle traffic.
Presented by GObike Buffalo and BlueCross BlueShield, Play Streets creates a safe and accessible space for people to walk, ride bikes, dance, play sports and games, and have access to healthy food. Previous events have been held on Buffalo’s East and North sides. Highlights of the event include breakdance performances and workshops, fencing workshops, a climbing wall, hula-hooping, games, bike safety checks and more.
“One of the primary goals of Play Streets is addressing the childhood obesity epidemic by transforming select city streets into car-free urban parkways, creating a space for the community to safely walk, jog, bike, skate and have easy access to fun physical activities,” said Play Streets Coordinator Henry Raess. “We are encouraging people to walk and ride bikes to the event."
This Play Streets event will help kids in the neighborhood to start and maintain healthy habits as it is taking place the day before summer programming starts at the Seneca-Babcock Community Center. “This is a great way to kick off a summer full of fun physical activity,” said Raess.
“We need to get people of all ages – especially our future generations – thinking about and establishing healthy habits. Play Streets is a creative, fun way to get our youth outside and active, making use of our largest public spaces – our streets – to create parks by simply removing cars. We’re taking play back to the street!”
Buffalo is one of just 10 cities nationwide selected by the Partnership for a Healthier America and their honorary chair, Michelle Obama, to participate in Play Streets. For more information, please visit http://gobikebuffalo.org and click on the Play Streets logo, call 218-7161 or email email@example.com.