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Thursday, September 19, 2019
Playground Progress Continues

Construction is nearing the halfway point for the six new playgrounds which will be completed in 2019 through funding from the Community Development Block Grant. The installation of the new playground equipment is nearing completion at two more neighborhood parks. The playground equipment is in place and now reopened to the public at Rest Square located at 2200 Pacific Street. Meanwhile, the contractors are working to complete the installation at Patee Park located at 9th Street and Penn Street, before crews can install the surface on the play area.  

Maintenance crews are currently working on the installation of the playground equipment at Seitz Park located at 6800 Esther. Construction is also scheduled for the playgrounds at College Hill Park and Mary Park between now and December. Construction at Hochman Park was completed earlier in the summer and the park has been reopened to the public.
Looking for Input

The parks department would like to get input from residents on their preferences on programming in the parks and park facilities. Please take time to fill out a short survey online. Paper copies are also available at the Parks Administration Building, 1920 Grand Avenue, or the Joyce Raye Patterson Senior Center, 100 South 10th Street. The survey will be open for residents until October 31. 
Focusing on Your Children's Health

Many factors can have an impact on childhood obesity, including eating and physical activity behaviors, genetics, metabolism, family and home environment and community and social factors. For some children and families, obesity may be influenced by the following:
  • too much time spent being inactive
  • lack of sleep
  • lack of places to go in the community to get physical activity
  • easy access to inexpensive, high calorie foods and sugary beverages
  • lack of access to affordable, healthier foods

To help ensure that children have a healthy weight, energy balance is important. There are many things parents can do to help their children achieve a healthy weight and maintain it.

  • Be aware of your child’s growth. Learn how obesity is measured in children and use the CDC’s Child and Teen BMI Calculator to screen your child for potential weight issues.
  • Provide nutritious, lower-calorie foods such as fruits and vegetables in place of foods high in added sugars and solid fats. Try serving more fruit and vegetables at meals and as snacks.
  • Make sure drinking water is always available as a no-calorie alternative to sugary beverages and limit juice intake.
  • Help children get the recommended amount of physical activity each day. Find age appropriate activities.
  • Be a role model. Eat healthy meals and snacks and get the right amount of physical activity every day.
  • Learn what you can do to help shape a healthy school environment.

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Southside Fall Festival

Have plans this weekend? Head to the annual Southside Fall Festival September 20-22, as the festival celebrates 31 years in the community. The weekend features numerous vendors, entertainment and a parade Saturday morning.

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