COMING SOON! Live 5210 Community Playbox
Pitt Meadows Recreation in partnership with SCOPE BC and Fraser Health Authority are working together to create increased physical activity levels and outdoor play for families. Through the BC Alliance for Healthy Living Grant, a community playbox will be installed in one of our parks this spring.
What is a Playbox?
Live 5-2-1-0 Playboxes are industrial metal jobsite boxes that are installed in community parks which contain equipment and ideas for active play. The code to open a Playbox will be freely accessible to families through the Pitt Meadows Recreation website. The box is available anytime, and for anyone wanting to get active while at the park.
Where will they be and how do we access them?
We will be installing a box at the Pitt Meadows Athletic Park and in the Osprey Village area. This is exciting! While you are on a walk, hanging out at the park, visiting the arena or you live in the community, the box is there for you to engage in activity without having to haul a bunch of your own equipment. Daycares and preschools, you can unlock the box and enjoy the use of the equipment. Parents and families, have fun with some equipment you may not already have! Once you have unlocked the box and had fun, please remember to replace the equipment into the box and lock it up. This way the equipment is there for the next group or person, and it is there for you to use again and again.
Live 5-2-1-0 Playboxes offer parents and caregivers new ideas on how to play with their kids, supply the necessary games and sports equipment, and provide unlimited access and opportunity for families to get outdoors and engage with other families through active play. Playboxes help to enhance environments and remove some of the barriers to access for active outdoor play, as well as foster social connectedness.
We need you!
We need Playbox sponsors? Have some equipment to donate? We are looking for people or businesses that want to partner with us.
We need Playbox champions and ambassadors! Help maintain the integrity of the box by checking that the boxes get locked and the equipment is put back. You can help us educate the people accessing the equipment in the Playbox and help us get the word out about what Playboxes are and how to unleash the fun!
What are the Benefits?
Having the Playboxes in our parks will make it easy for families and children to be active and adopt healthy habits. Other communities are finding that kids are playing with each other with the equipment from the Playboxes. This in turn is breaking down barriers for parents so that they are now meeting and talking with other parents in a way they have not done before.
For the residents in the area, the increase in children and families in the parks is creating a new energy, a new vibrancy. There are several at-home daycares that are now bringing the children to the park more often to play.
The Playboxes have also given some of the residents a cause to support, something to take ownership of. The residents are the first to close the Playboxes back up if someone forgets, or to open the Playbox up if a piece of equipment has been left out.
In one location, the Playbox is on the same property where several soccer teams practice.
The coaches encourage the spectating families to go and use the Playboxes and if any soccer equipment is left out, residents put the equipment in the Playbox for the coach to retrieve later.