New play boxes provide toys in three local parks

Abbotsford is the first community in B.C. to get the play boxes

The city launched a new play box program that put toys for kids in three local parks.

The city launched a new play box program that put toys for kids in three local parks.

New play boxes full of fun activities for kids are available in three local parks after Abbotsford launched Live 5210 Play Boxes on Tuesday afternoon.

The boxes – which are filled with different toys, balls and instructions for games to help kids get active – are found in Grant Park, Berry Park and Pepin Brook Park.

The play boxes are supplied by the SCOPE initiative through BC Children’s Hospital in partnership with Healthy Abbotsford and its partners as a pilot project.

The boxes use a combination lock and families can access the password by signing up through Healthy Abbotsford at healthyabbotsford.ca/play-boxes.

Mayor Bruce Banman told the children in attendance that boxes will help everyone play together.

“Abbotsford is the first community in our province to have play boxes. We are very lucky.”

5210 refers to four guidelines to help encourage proper nutrition and physical activity. It sets out that children should enjoy five or more vegetables and fruits everyday, not use screens (computers, television) for more than two hours, should play actively for at least one hour and choose healthy foods with no sugar sweetened drinks.

For more visit healthyabbotsford.ca.