If you haven’t heard of Kids to Parks, it is an event by the National Park Trust that seeks to connect America’s families with our public lands. Celebrating outdoor play in this way inspires experiences that have been shown to make kids happier, healthier, and more successful in life. It also forges a connection with nature that inspires future stewardship for public lands.
In past years, it has been a centralized event held at Wasena Park. Then, last year, inspired by the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, we decided to broaden the event to be a city-wide Day of Play. We created an Instagram scavenger hunt that could be done in any of the City’s 70+ parks and greenways. That scavenger hunt empowered families to create and share their own outings and shine a light on their own neighborhood parks.
Our mission is to get more of Roanoke’s kids than ever playing outside!