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Goodyear participates in national Kids to Parks Day

Hundreds of thousands of youths across the nation are gearing up for the seventh annual Kids to Parks Day, a national day of outdoor play.

Youths are encouraged to explore their local parks and have an adventure, which is in support of the motto that “active kids are healthy kids.”

Goodyear is joining other communities to support the day. From 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Goodyear will hold activities at Goodyear Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Road.

We’re in support of this national movement by holding our own local event,” Michael Beadle, Goodyear recreation superintendent, said during a presentation at the May 8 City Council meeting.

Last year, 420 mayors and 23 governors across the United States proclaimed the third Saturday in May Kids to Parks Day. On May 8, Goodyear proclaimed the annual event at the City Council meeting. Vice Mayor Sheri Lauritano, on behalf of Mayor Georgia Lord, proclaimed May 20 to be Kids to Parks Day.

It’s really a wonderful, light-hearted, fun event to engage kids and engage families, engage our community to get them back into the parks and to get them out from behind the screens to explore the wild, and exploring the wilderness, and exploring our national parks, our regional parks, and even our local parks,” Beadle said at the meeting.

Activities will include water balloon tosses, relay races, Hula-Hoop and jump rope competitions and kite flying. Because of the heat, many activities will be around water, Beadle said at the meeting.

Goodyear is also hosting Sand Castles in the Park at the same time and location to bring some art into the Kids to Parks Day, said Guylene Ozlanski, Goodyear arts and culture coordinator.

This is a great opportunity for Goodyear Arts and Culture to integrate the arts with this annual event,” Ozlanski said.

APS donated more than 500 pounds of sand to set up eight stations to give novice and experienced sand sculptors the opportunity to show off their skills, Ozlanski said, adding there will be an artist on site hosting the activity and demonstrating sculpting techniques. At the end of the event, the sand will be used for multiple maintenance projects around the park, such as the sand volleyball court.

Beadle said at the meeting that adding the sand castle event is unique and gives the Kids to Parks Day a “cool twist.”


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