Swap indoor gatherings for smaller outings, get your sense of connection and refresh your energy outdoors! Rather than a game night in with friends from different households or a big dinner with extended family, opt to catch up in smaller groups on a walk or with a socially distanced picnic.

 

The #STAYOUTANDPLAY challenge:

Everytime the weather drops below 40°F, bundle up, get out, SPREAD OUT, And play! 

Then, snap a photo, post it, and tag #playroanoke and #stayoutandplay. 

Want prizes?  On a few <40°F days each month, we’ll head out on the hunt for people at play in parks or on greenways and trails to award them prizes!

Keep an eye out on social media for alerts on when we’ll be scouring the parks for people at PLAY. We’ll be rewarding some of those lucky folks with prizes! Or, use #stayoutandplay on Instagram and Facebook to let us know you’re out playing and you might win a prize!

 

WHy?

We want you to be happy and healthy this winter! 

When it comes to stopping the spread of covid-19, playing outdoors is safer than gathering inside with plenty of room to spread out 6’+, not to mention the benefits of sunlight, and the how time outside does wonders for our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. 

Keep in mind the governor’s current order limits gatherings to 10 people, and requires masks whenever you can’t be 6’+ away indoors or out. 

Roanokers are outdoor folk. We’ll get through this just fine if we spread out in the parks, trails, and greenways! So, grab your hat, gloves, and mask and head outside everyday this winter. Do it for yourself, but also for your family, coworkers, and friends.

We’ve all got to be happy and healthy for each other. 

 

When Temps Drop Below 40

Get Caught Outside!

Keep an eye out on social media for alerts on when we'll be scouring the parks for people at PLAY. We'll be rewarding some of those lucky folks with prizes! Or, use #stayoutandplay on Instagram and Facebook to let us know you're out playing and you might win a prize!

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Need More Inspiration?

  • Meet up with a friend or a neighbor for a socially distanced walk to your neighborhood park. 
  • Grab the kids and head to the playground:
    • Wearing mittens/gloves as well as face masks does a great job keeping kiddos warm while also reducing the spread of germs!
  • Try out a new sport! Winter is a great time to try something new: less folks will be out and about to see you before you get the hang of your new skill. Plus, you’ll be more confident come Spring and Summer when your new sport picks up!
    • Disc Golf
    • Skating and BMX: test out the Pump Track or one of the new half-pipes at Wasena Park.
    • If you’ve got a mountain bike or a bike with suspension, maybe try out the beginner biking trail at Morningside or play around on the course at Fallon Park. 
    • Pickleball, tennis, basketball, and more! Just be sure you’re playing with your quaranteam or you’re keeping 6′ apart and washing your hands regularly.
  • If you’re part of a group, team, or club that regularly meets when it’s nice, encourage the leaders to plan outdoor practices and meetups throughout the winter! 
  • Picnic! Take advantage of your lunch break: grab a blanket, order takeout from a local business and eat it at a nearby park!