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Vineland Residents Take Back the Parks

July 9, 2015 | Community News, Community News and Media, Vineland

VIneland park hop 2Vineland’s summer Park Hop Series kicked off June 29 and will continue through August 6. Designed to bring residents into city parks over the summer, Park Hop will present activities throughout Vineland in parks that often are underutilized.

“Each day, an event will take place at a different park,” explained David Calderetti, project manager of New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Vineland (NJPHK-V). A Vineland resident can start off the week with sunrise yoga, join a lunchtime walk on Tuesday or Wednesday, catch a game of soccer on Wednesday evening and make new friends while playing Ultimate Frisbee on Thursdays.

“We want to showcase a range of creative active play and games–like yoga or Ultimate Frisbee–that don’t require special equipment. You can just show up, get active and have a lot of fun,” said Calderetti.

The vital aim is to help residents reclaim the parks and use them regularly beyond the summer for active and fun pursuits. “We hope Park Hop will provide the initial momentum and will encourage residents to grab the baton and keep activities going on their own once the series ends,” Calderetti said.

Park Hop is sponsored by Live Healthy Vineland and represents collaboration among the Vineland Health Department, the Cumberland Cape County YMCA, and NJPHK-V.

A sampling of Park Hop activities include:

  • Sunrise yoga: 7:30 a.m. Mondays. Giampietro Park, 3231 E. Landis Avenue.
  • Family volleyball: 6 p.m. Mondays, South Vineland Park, 429 W. Elmer Road.
  • Lunchtime walk: Noon Tuesdays/Thursdays, Landis Park, 600 E. Park Avenue.
  • Soccer: 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Gittone Park, East Oak Road and Becker Drive.
  • Ultimate Frisbee, Magnolia Park, 2245 E. Magnolia Road.
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