A crowd of close to 100 people showed up to the February Fun Friday, which was held Feb. 7 at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Friday’s theme was “Paint and Play” and included rock painting, face painting and nature art. DJ Legacy was on hand, providing music. While some of the youth took part in the events, others played on the new inclusive playground or found other ways to be active.
According to Jennifer Smith, leisure services director for the City of Douglas, her department was given a suggestion from the mayor and council.
“Since we haven’t got our community center yet, they wanted some recreation programming they had committed to the community,” she said. “My team and I got together and what we came up with was Fun Friday every Friday throughout the month of February. We’re going to have some kind of activity right here by the playground.”
This coming Friday, from 4-6 p.m. will be Giant Board Games where there will be games like connect four, giant twister and other types of games. The event is free to the community.
“This is low impact,” Smith said. “We already have the materials we need for these types of activities.”
Smith added, she was pleased by the opening day numbers.
“The feed back that we got was that they loved the different types of activities we had today with the component of the playground where we always have people regardless of the type of day, it enhanced the environment,” she said. “We want to hear from the community what types of programs they want from here on out.”
Smith admitted, the new inclusive playground has been a nice addition to not only the park, but also the community.
“Every day, regardless of the day of the week, it’s busy, it’s full,” she said. “I pass by here all the time and I can see it. It’s amazing the turnout it’s created by the community.”
Smith said other surrounding communities have even reached out to her, asking about funding, and the types of products this playground has.
“Today we actually had somebody from Huachuca City come down and visit and see what we have here,” she said. “They’re really interested in having something like this for their community.”
Smith added, the weather also helped Friday and she hopes by summer, to have a canopy over the playground so kids can come out and enjoy the playground, even on hot days.
Friday, Feb. 21 will be Sports Day, and Friday, Feb. 28, will be a Scavenger Hunt. For more information call 417-7340 or visit www.douglasaz.gov. Information can also be found on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Douglas-Recreation-Aquatics-328569380540416.