ACTion Alexandria is teaming up with Childhood Obesity Action Network, Get Healthy Alexandria, and Smart Beginnings Alexandria/Arlington to launch Project Play.
- Project Play helped build a brand new $75,000 playground in Old Town's Hopkins-Tancil Court neighborhood on September 13, 2012 in partnership with ARHA, KaBOOM! and the Washington Capitals
- Project Play gave away $15,000 in Project Play Spruce Up Grants.
- Project Play released a city-wide playspace assessment report.
- Alexandria was named a Playful City by KaBOOM!, a great opportunity for more playground funding.
What is Project Play?
Project Play is an exciting new effort focused on increasing play opportunities in Alexandria. The ultimate goal of Project Play is to ensure that every child in Alexandria has a quality space to play.
Why Project Play?
Project Play is an initiative of the Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network that brings local organizations and Alexandria residents together to focus on increasing play opportunities in the City of Alexandria as one way to combat the City’s high childhood obesity rates.
- 26.4% or approximately 100,000 children in Northern Virginia are either overweight or obese.
- Among Alexandria children ages 2-5, 43.5% are overweight or obese. These numbers are significantly higher compared to other children in Alexandria (23.5% of children ages 6-10; 13.1% of children ages 11-14; 13.7% of children ages 15-18).
- In Arlington, the next highest jurisdiction, only 28.6% of children, ages 2-5, are overweight or obese.
- Alexandrian children who are Hispanic (32.9% overweight/obese) or with income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (29.9% overweight/obese) are particularly at risk.
- Project Play Taskforce
The Project Play Taskforce includes includes representatives from ACTion Alexandra, Center for Alexandria’s Children, Childhood Obesity Action Network, Hopkins House, Smart Beginnings City of Alexandria Parks & Recreation, and engaged citizens. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the Project Play Taskforce.
- Community-wide Playspace Assessment
Design Concepts (who has done a LOT of work for other communities in the DC Metro Area) is conducting a community-wide assessment of public and private playspaces. The results will be released to the community in December.
- Focus Groups & Community Conversations
In collaboration with Design Concepts, focus groups with parents, childcare providers, service providers, and city officials were held to better understand barriers and opportunities within the city for playgrounds.
- Photovoice Project
Calling all photographers! This summer, playgoup parents and childcare providers spent the summer taking photos of playgrounds in their neigborhoods. See what they've done and let us know what you think. We are asking parents and childcare providers to take pictures of playgrounds in their neighborhood. Take pictures of the BEST and the WORST of the playgrounds in your neighborhood, post them on the ACTion Alexandria Facebook page , post them to the Project Play Flickr group, or send them for us to post on the ACTion Alexandria blog at email@example.com
How You Can Help
- SIGN UP to be a part of Project Play. We'll send you news about Project Play, including how you can join the Project Play Taskforce.
- POST photos of your neighborhood playground on the ACTion Alexandria Facebook page. Tell us why your playground should be a model for the city or why it needs to be improved. Don't use Facebook? Post them to the Project Play Flickr group, or send us your photos and comments and we'll post them on our blog. Send photos and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- WATCH Action Alexandria for Project Play updates as results from the assessment, focus groups, photovoice efforts are released. Plus, we are planing some big play inspired projects you won't want to miss!