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Natural playground opens Saturday with free events

A natural play space is very different from your average playground – it’s not just swings and a teeter totter.

It is “a space intentionally designed or designated to integrate natural components into a place for structured and unstructured play and learning.”

Nature-based play encourages active play (jumping, running, climbing) and creative play (art making, make-believe and building) leads to hours of unstructured fun.

This type of play supports children’s physical, intellectual and socio-emotional development. It also provides an important early connection for children with nature and creates future environmental stewards.

On Saturday, the city is hosting an event that will give community members the opportunity to enjoy the newly designed Centennial Park.

Be sure to check out the new natural play space and basketball court.

Free family fun activities are planned all day including a free swim and snack.

Don’t forget your water bottle, hat, shades and sunscreen.

Schedule of activities:

  • 10-10:15 a.m., ribbon cutting.
  • 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., meet the Summer Camp leaders and try nature activities and group games, tennis, basketball, crafts and take part in the scavenger hunt.
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m., public swim and aquatic games.

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