Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County Parks and Recreation is launching a fun and safe way for families to exercise this summer through a traveling activity center called the Pop-up Playground. The mobile mini playground is full of recreation equipment for residents to play with outside. The Pop-up Playground will kick off its 2020 summer tour on July 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Briar Chapel community.
The goal is to set up the Pop-up Playground in different locations around Chatham County that do not have access to parks and recreation resources immediately near their homes for a couple of hours at a time, a few times per week. The playground can be set up in parks, church parking lots, open fields or local businesses.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the Chatham County Parks and Recreation team has offered fun and creative resources, such as virtual programming, for families to remain active, and this is another great resource that we’re excited to offer our residents,” said Tracy Burnett, director of Chatham County Parks and Recreation. “It is vitally important for both their physical and mental health that individuals be active, and we hope that the Pop-up Playground will be a fun way to make that happen.”
Every Pop-up Playground participant will be required to sign a waiver. A parent or guardian must sign for anyone under the age of 18. With COVID-19 still being prominent, Parks and Recreation staff will follow necessary health guidelines to mitigate risks of spreading the virus. Participants will have their temperature checked, be given hand sanitizer and will be required to maintain physical distance while playing. Staff will sanitize all equipment after it is used, and they will wear face coverings. Participants should wear face coverings while they are in attendance and not exercising. The governor’s executive order does not require face coverings during strenuous exercise.
For updates about the Pop-up Playground and other information from Chatham County Parks and Recreation, go here. Communities may request the Pop-up Playground by completing this online form or contacting Mallory Peterson at the Parks and Recreation Department at 919-545-8555 or .