LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — 1,000 Michigan youth are expected to gather on the Capitol Lawn for the annual Come Out and Play at the Capitol.
On Wednesday, June 29, the Capitol Lawn will be the gathering place for 1,000 Michigan youth for the ninth annual event hosted by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks). Participants will have the opportunity to try many outdoor activities and sports.
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“We’re excited to return to the Capitol for this event,” said Executive Director Clay Summers, “we’ve had to take a break due to COVID-19, but we’re ready to show the kids the fun of the event outside.”
Parks and recreation facilities said they have seen a surge in new visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, and organizers said Come Out and Play is an “important reminder to Michigan lawmakers that parks and recreation providers are a critical part of every congregation are”.
The National Recreation Pak Association reported that 86% of adults in the United States believe access to nature and the outdoors is helpful during stressful times.
“Michigan has some of the best parks, hiking trails and outdoor recreation facilities in the country. There are countless ways to get active, stay healthy, and spend time with family and community any time of the year,” Summers added in his statement.
Each year the event is scheduled at the end of June to prepare for National Parks and Recreation Month in July. Organizers said there will be free activities for youngsters, including canoe and kayak simulations, archery, tennis, nature interpretations and more.
If you are interested in learning more about the event at the Capitol, you can visit their website here.
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