Last November, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced that Omaha is one of ten cities across the nation to receive grant funding to host Play Streets in 2013. The Play Streets initiative promotes health and wellness by creating open activity space for youth, family, and community members. Play Streets will be the kickoff to future Open Streets Omaha events.
The Omaha Play Streets events will take place in Midtown, South Omaha, Downtown, and North Omaha neighborhoods. Play Street events will be targeted toward children and families in underserved neighborhoods. Events will feature youth-friendly activities such as a rock wall, bike safety training, cooking demonstrations, vegetable seed planting, 4-square and more. Each event will be connected to an existing farmer’s market or host healthy food vendors.
All events are free and open to the public. Families across the metro are encouraged to attend. The 2013 Omaha Play Streets events will take place on the following dates and times:
- Sunday, April 28th at Aksarben Village from 11:00am to 4:00pm—In conjunction with YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day
- Sunday, May 26th in South Omaha from 2:00pm to 7:00pm
- Saturday, July 27th in Downtown Omaha from 8:00am to 2:00pm
- Sunday, August 25th in North Omaha from 3:00pm to 7:00pm
More information about the Play Streets program is available at: www.OpenStreetsOmaha.org and on facebook. To get involved please email info@OpenStreetsOmaha.org. Additional information about Omaha Play Streets will be released in the coming weeks.