August 26, 2009

Today in Play: A street becomes a giant game of Candy Land!

Candy LandThey say all the world's a playground...and some of this week's news proves it. From a street turned into a giant game of Candy Land to a new "digital jungle gym" installed in Canada, it seems the world is full of new, unique play opportunities lately. Viva summer!

Crooked street turned into Candy Land
San Francisco's Lombard Street - known as the "crooked-est street in the world," was transformed into a GIANT GAME OF CANDY LAND to celebrate the game's 60th birthday. How cool is that? You can see an aerial shot here and discuss it on the message board. My question is...did they have people dressing in costume as Queen Frostine and the Gingerbread People?

Canadian playground goes digital
This is so cool! A new playground installed in Edmonton features interactive LED lights in what is described as a "digital jungle gym." Read the full story (Canada.com).

Upcoming conference on urban forestry
Here's an event some of you might be interested in. Note that travel scholarships are available!

Annual National Urban Forestry Gathering
Portland, Ore.
Nov. 8-11, 2009
This November, Alliance for Community Trees is combining its Annual Member Rally with the Partners in Community Forestry National Conference. The conference offers the latest in urban forest research, best practices in forest management, and models on how to engage diverse groups in building effective partnerships. Alliance for Community Trees is offering travel scholarships to its members to help nonprofit organizations and first attendees participate in this exciting national conference. Learn more and register at www.arborday.org/pcf .

More yays for Play Days!
Thanks to everyone who's helping spread the word about Play Days!
Atlanta Family Recreation Examiner
Mommy Poppins

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