Visit Your Park Playgrounds Safely Challenge

The Challenge…Including Tips for SAFE Play

From May 15 to September 6 (Labor Day), 2021 visit playgrounds at ten or more different parks, track your visits and turn in your completed tracking sheet to Columbia Parks and Recreation. All participants will receive a small prize.  Visit twenty parks or more and you will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a $100 gift certificate from Parks and Recreation.

Follow the below safety tips while participating in the challenge:

  1. Don’t visit the park if you are experiencing symptoms of any illness or were recently exposed to COVID-19.
  2. Wear a mask until local health orders have provided other guidance.
  3. Don’t touch your face while playing.
  4. Social distance from non-family members. 
  5. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after playing at the park.
  6. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and use care on sunny days to determine if the equipment is too hot for play.

Time Frame

May 15 to September 6 (Labor Day), 2021

Instructions

  1. Print the “Visit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge”opens PDF file brochure  (8.5″ x 11″, two pages) or pick up a copy at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Office, 1 S. 7th Street, Columbia, MO 65201
  2. Fill out one tracking sheet for each child. The tracking sheet is found on page two of the brochure. Fill in the date you visited each park (from May 15 to September 6, 2021). Be sure to answer the question at the end as to your child’s favorite play feature and sign the form.
  3. Use any of the following avenues to turn in your tracking form by September 17,  2021, to the Columbia Parks and Recreation main office:
  • In-person Columbia Parks and Recreation Office, 1 S. 7th Street (this is the main office)
  • By mail: Columbia Parks and Recreation, P. O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65201
  • E-mail: Scan tracking sheet and e-mail to parksandrec@como.govcreate new email

Find park locations in the “Parks and Facility Guide.” Guides are available at Parks & Recreation offices.

Prizes

  • 10 parks: One youth daily pass to the ARC*
  • 20 parks: One youth daily pass to the ARC*, plus one entry for the grand prize
  • 30 parks: One youth daily pass to the ARC*, plus two entries for the grand prize
  • 40 parks: One youth daily pass to the ARC*, plus five entries for the grand prize
  • GRAND PRIZE: $100 Parks & Recreation Gift Certificate (random drawing)

* If submitted in person, children have a choice of other prices (while supplies last). If we receive a submission by mail or e-mail, we will mail the ARC youth day pass.

Deadlines

  • Visit park playgrounds from May 15 to September 6 (Labor Day), 2021
  • Turn in your tracking form for each child no later than September 17, 2021.
  • A grand prize winner will be announced on September 24, 2021.

Take Photos!

Take photos of your family playing on various park playgrounds and share them on the department’s Facebook page at  @comoparksandrec or email them to ParksandRec@Como.govcreate new email.

opens in a new windowClick on the image above for a printable brochure (.pdf)
Click on the image above for a printable brochure (.pdf)
opens in a new windowParks and Facilities Guideopens PDF file
Click on image above for a printable brochure (PDF)
 

Playground Photos


Did You Know? Children with a playground within a half mile of home are five times as likely to be a healthy weight than those without.


Related Article: