The Benson Parks and Recreation Department has unveiled PlayPrints, an interactive addition to the play area at Dr. P.K. Vyas Community Park.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the N.C. Recreation and Park Association are installing PlayPrints across the state to inspire active play and support healthier communities in North Carolina.
PlayPrints are games and shapes professionally painted on existing pavement. The bright colors and interactive designs are meant to encourage people to take part in more physical activity. At Vyas Community Park, families and children of all ages can be more active and imaginative outdoors with several additions to the open play space. Selected designs include hopscotch, agility courses and games designed to get visitors moving.
“The addition of PlayPrints in Benson is a great way to grow a healthier community,” said Matt Smith, director of Benson Parks and Recreation. “Our park visitors now have a fun new way to use our outdoor space and participate in physical activity together.”
The Benson park has a walking track with exercise stations; baseball, softball and soccer fields; a basketball court; picnic shelters; and a playground. The addition of Playprints offers another fun and active feature for visitors.
“PlayPrints are a fun way to change an existing space into a gathering place that encourages healthy activity,” said Kathy Higgins, vice president of corporate affairs Blue Cross Blue Shield. “We hope this new addition inspires children and families to take advantage of our public spaces across North Carolina to spend time outdoors together.”
Benson is one of 41 communities that received a grant to install PlayPrints. Over the next two years, PlayPrints will be popping up at outdoor play spaces as part of Blue Cross’ Get Outside North Carolina! program. Go NC! aims to build healthy and active lifestyles through the advancement of greenway systems, increased access to public bicycles and the overall promotion of outdoor physical activity.
“PlayPrints provide an exciting element that encourages citizens to move a little more while learning a new game or recalling a favorite childhood pastime,” said Michelle Wells, executive director of the Recreation and Park Association.