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CRPR to Celebrate Kids to Parks Day

by on May 19, 2017 12:25 PM

For the seventh year, the National Parks Trust has organized Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, a national day of outdoor play encouraging children to be active and appreciate nature while enjoying parks around the country.

Locally, Centre Region Parks and Recreation will once again celebrate the day, with two special events scheduled.

"We’re very proud to be participating in this national event and have two great youth activities going on on Saturday," CRPR Director Pam Salokangas said at this week's State College Borough Council Meeting, where Mayor Elizabeth Goreham issued a proclamation declaring May 20 as Kids to Parks Day in the borough.

New this year is "Kidical Mass," a bike riding program that will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Tudek Park Pavilion 1, near the basketball courts.

"Kidical Mass is a brand new youth bike riding program that actually besides teaching kids how to ride we’re going to take them out on some local bike paths and some local streets to learn signals and proper ways of crossing different streets and things like that," Salokangas said.

The safe and fun bike ride for children and their families will travel through Tudek Park to the Park Hills neighborhood on low-traffic volume residential streets. The ride will have two routes from which to choose with some hills and will return to the park for snacks afterward.

The event is $5 for those registered in advance, $8 for non-registered participants and free for children under 2. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Helmets are strongly encouraged and are required by law for children under 12. The rain date will be 2 p.m. on Sunday.

CRPR also will partner again this year with the Centre Region Community Tennis Association for Centre Tennis Play Day, an annual free event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spring Creek Park tennis courts.

For children 10 and under, there will be games and drills to learn the basics and racquets will be provided. For ages 11 and older, lessons will be available. Teens and adults can take part in matches as well.

The rain date for the event is Sunday.

"Those are two great ways for kids to get to the parks," Salokangas said. "We’re encouraging everyone to come visit their local parks."

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