VIRGINIA, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded the City of Virginia with a $40,000 grant to help modernize playground equipment at two parks in the midway area of the city.
The MNSBHC Legacy Fund grant will help fund updates on the playground that will make equipment compliant with The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The updates will also help improve and add other park resources like walking and biking trails, a sledding hill, lighting and covered shelter areas at the parks. The expansion of both park facilities will also encourage the neighborhood and community groups to use the facilities more often. The City of Virginia is soliciting community input on park designs and resources.
The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, which is made possible each year by a $1 million contribution courtesy of the NFL Foundation and is complemented by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC has launched a year-long effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.
The City of Virginia hosted a celebration today to commemorate the ground breaking on the new equipment at the parks. Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe Jr. attended the event, and spoke to young people about the importance of staying active. Attendees also learned more about the ADA compliant additions that will be made to park equipment and how updates will make the play spaces easier for kids at all levels of physical ability to play and be active with friends and neighbors. After the commemoration, kids at the event took part in a ground breaking event and football skills and drills.
“Play is a fundamental joy of childhood and an important way for children to learn to navigate the world,” said City of Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe, Jr. “The grant from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund will help ensure children in our community, regardless of ability level, have an opportunity to get involved and enjoy outdoor physical activity and the lifelong health benefits it provides.”
The project is a collaborative effort between the City of Virginia, the Virginia Community & Lakes Beautification Committee and Virginia Park and Recreation Commission. The City of Virginia Park and Recreation will continue to maintain the park areas, and residents will be invited to assist in an annual clean-up day each May to help clean the park space after the winter season.
“The ADA-compliant upgrades to two parks in Virginia will help provide access to outdoor fun and activity for kids of all ages and abilities,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund. “This project is so important to the health and wellness of the kids in Virginia today and for their rest of their lives. We are pleased to be here to celebrate these updates with the families of Virginia, as part of our 52 Weeks of Giving campaign.”
Along with promoting initiatives to get kids moving, the MNSBHC Legacy Fund is also working to make sure kids are eating healthier. The MNSBHC Legacy Fund launched Super Snack Challenge with support from Newman’s Own Foundation, to engage all Minnesota’s kids in making healthy food choices and be part of the Super Bowl excitement. The MNSBHC is encouraging kids age 8-14 in the Virginia area to enter the challenge. More information on entry rules and guidelines can be found at www.mnsuperbowl.com/snackchallenge.
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is a private, non-profit corporation formed to plan and execute Super Bowl LII. For more information visit www.mnsuperbowl.com and follow @mnsuperbowl2018 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.