ROCHESTER, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today announced Olmsted County Public Health Services and Rochester Parks and Recreation as its next Super Bowl Legacy Fund grant recipient. The $52,000 grant will help the county create an active mobile playground: a trailer loaded with interactive games and equipment that will travel to various locations, such as parks, schools and churches, year-round to engage kids and families in games and physical activity. Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede and Olmsted County Commissioner Ken Brown attended an event today at Longfellow Elementary School, joining students and staff, to celebrate the grant dedication.
The grant is part of the 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, 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 Go! Play! Explore! mobile playground project is a partnership between the Olmsted County Public Health Services and Rochester Parks and Recreation Department with support from local youth serving agencies. A 2016 survey from the United Way of Olmsted County found that 20 percent of community members do not feel safe or socially connected in their neighborhood, yet study participants desire a stronger bond with their community.
“This mobile playground is an opportunity for us to give families and residents of Rochester and Olmsted County a new outlet for outdoor activity, in neighborhoods where parks and community spaces are scarce,” said Pete Giesen, Director of Olmsted County Public Health.
The mobile playground is one effort aimed at bridging the gap between neighbors in Olmsted County. It will help foster community relationships and encourage families to interact in recreational activities and with their neighbors. Children and parents will help decide the destinations and schedule along with equipment and activities for the mobile playground. The mobile playground will be run by professional staff, volunteers and through various partnership efforts.
“The Super Bowl Legacy Fund’s campaign to bring lasting, positive benefits to our state is being felt here in Rochester,” said Paul Widman, Director, Rochester Parks and Recreation. “This project will help us bring together youth of all ages and backgrounds by introducing new opportunities for outdoor activity and community engagement.”
The mobile playground project in Olmsted County supports the Super Bowl Legacy Fund’s key initiative to get kids more active by providing new resources for healthy physical activity, year-round.
“The concept of creating a mobile playground is such an inspiring idea for bringing community together,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund. We’re pleased to announce this as the second grant in our 52 Weeks of Giving campaign.”
To mark the grant dedication, Olmsted County Public Health Services and Rochester Parks and Recreation invited children and families to an event today at Longfellow Elementary School. Kids were able to vote for the equipment and activities they’d most like to see be a part of the mobile playground. The mobile playground is expected to launch in June, 2017.
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.
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