What is Bring on Play (BOP)?
In 2008, The City of York created a committee of individuals and organizations from the City and the County in an effort to secure funds to renovate one city park per year. Our initial goal was to simply renovate parks throughout the City with new playground equipment. As we've grown, we've branched out to offer other types of family oriented events. We need your help to continue to make this happen. We're always looking for individuals and families to provide us with input, that are interested in getting the word out about our efforts and to volunteer at our events.
The Bring on Play, BOP committee has been working since April 2008 to promote the importance of fun, safe and physically challenging playgrounds. Play is essential, not only for physical health and well-being, but, play also builds social skills, develops communication, imagination and problem-solving skills. Playgrounds provide a space for neighbors to gather, families to celebrate and they increase property values.
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Numerous studies have shown how play can help kids grow to be healthy, happy, and successful. We've all heard that kids who play are healthier and are less likely to be obese and develop obesity-related heath problems such as diabetes and hear disease. But play contributes to child development on many other levels. Kids who play build their confidence and learn social skills that help them become happy, well-adjusted adults. Kids who play also develop cognitive skills that are positively linked to learning and academic performance.
Providing creative, fun and safe opportunities for children to play is part of BOP's mission to make York a more playful city. But the BOP committee's focus extends beyond simply designing and building playgrounds. We are continually looking for ways to bring play to those who live in and visit the City. But to do this, we need community support and input.
BOP's Imagination Playground is a great way to play!