featured site: city of pico rivera

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June 5, 2012 in Featured Sites

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Located in southeast Los Angeles County, the City of Pico Rivera offers its residents a rich environment in which its growing population of young children and families can run, jump, swing and play their days away. Most recently, it was named a Playful City USAcommunity and has been able to provide Imagination Playground in a Cart as a resource, courtesy of a grant sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation and KaBOOM!.

The Imagination Playground is managed by the parks and recreation department and is rotated between sites every two weeks to provide access to all the sites it serves. Pico Rivera staff note that the Imagination Playground has provided wonderful play opportunities for the kids, allowing for increased fine and gross motor development through play that otherwise would not be possible. Leticia Reyes, program coordinator for the department of parks and recreation, notes that the children are “able to enjoy the equipment, maintain consistency with their activities and make the most of a very popular resource.”

Leticia also reports that Imagination Playground has been incredibly popular at the center that serves youths in junior high and high school. The staff report that the teens love Imagination Playground and the related activities have proven to serve as a self-esteem-builder.

Pico Rivera staff are looking into further ways they can bring this new resource to community members and hope to be able to do some joint programming with the local school district in the future. We can’t wait to hear more from this fantastic community!