New playground coming to Newark

August 26, 2017 by  

KaBOOM, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing active play into children’s lives, particularly those in need, teamed up with the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to award a Let’s Play Community Construction grant to the Licking County Health Department. The grant was in the amount of $15,000, and will be used to build a playground on the health department’s property. The department is located on Newark’s north side, on Price Road, and at present, there are no playgrounds with a half-mile of the location.

The new facility will be built to appeal to children twelve and under and will sit on the health department’s east lawn. Among the amenities of the playground will be trash bins, mulch, playground equipment, and benches. The health department hopes that, over the long term, having the playground available will allow residents to increase their levels of physical activity, and that of their children.

KaBOOM notes that science has discovered play is important to a child’s overall well-being, development, and health, but today’s children play less than previous generations. Instead, they sit in front of televisions or computers almost half the time. This has created a childhood obesity problem, and increased the number of cognitive and behavioral disorders. Play—and playgrounds—are part of the answer.

It’s important that residents be made aware of the new facility. Officials might work with a postcard printing company to create a card announcing the project.