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The City of Natchitoches Portable Park program will begin operation May 1 so get ready to get active with fun games and activities for the whole family. Earn prizes, get healthy, meet your neighbors, or get your own Portable Park shirt by signing up to be a volunteer!

Portable Park is part of Ready, Set, Go: the City’s initiative to improve the health and wellness of residents. GO outside and play with Portable Park, which offers games, exercise equipment and activities for free that are lead by Coach De.

Each week features a different fun-filled theme. This year there’s more water events, more toddler toys, large board games and other fun activities. “There’s something for all ages,” said City Youth Program Coordinator De’Andrea “Coach De” Sanders. “We’ve got games and activities for people from 2 to 92.”

The Portable Park will also offer a new incentive program this year. Kids will receive a shoe bracelet to collect charms on each time they attend one of the Portable Park events. “Follow me across Natchitoches from park to park to collect them all to earn a prize,” said Coach De.

Compete against your friends or team up to play group games! Activities and games include yoga, archery, tether ball, bocce ball and KOOB: The Viking Game (a fun outdoor game for both kids and adults).

“I’m excited about the amount of kids we’ll get to see at the parks this summer,” said Coach De. “Portable Park keeps growing and I’m getting to know the regulars who enjoy coming back each time we set up in their neighborhood.”

SCHEDULE:

Portable Park runs from 3:30-5:30 pm on the following days

Family Photos:
May 1 at Pierson & Mallet Park on East Fifth Street
May 3 at Ben Johnson on MLK Drive

Water Ballon Wars:
May 8 at Pierson & Mallet Park
May 10 at Ben Johnson

Mommy and Me:
May 15 at Pierson & Mallet Park
May 17 at Ben Johnson

Tournament Day:
May 22 at Pierson & Mallet Park
May 24 at Ben Johnson

Grandparents and Me:
May 29 at Pierson & Mallet Park
May 31 at Ben Johnson

Ultimate PE:
June 5 at Pierson & Mallet Park
June 7 at Ben Johnson

Board Game Tournament:
June 12 at Pierson & Mallet Park
June 14 at Ben Johnson

Daddy Days:
June 19 at Pierson & Mallet Park
June 21 at Ben Johnson

Water Obstacle Course:
June 26 at Pierson & Mallet Park
June 28 at Ben Johnson

Water Games:
July 3 at Pierson & Mallet Park
July 5 at Ben Johnson

Best Friend Fun Day:
July 10 at Pierson & Mallet Park
July 12 at Ben Johnson

Tug O War Tournament:
July 17 at Pierson & Mallet Park
July 19 at Ben Johnson

Water Slide:
July 24 at Pierson & Mallet Park
July 26 at Ben Johnson
July 31 at Pierson & Mallet Park
August 2 at Ben Johnson

For more information call (318) 214-7911, email dsanders@natchitochesla.gov, or go online to http://readysetgonatchitoches.com. Find the Portable Park on Facebook @ Natchitoches Parks and Recreation Programs, add us on Instagram @ readysetgo_natchitochesla, follow us on Twitter @ RSGNatchitoches and snap us @ pullupandplay18.

This project is funded through a Healthy Behaviors Program Grant from The Rapides Foundation. The Healthy Behaviors Program Grant funds projects which have a focus on healthy eating, active living, or prevention of tobacco use, substance or alcohol abuse. To learn more about grant funding from The Rapides Foundation, visit www.rapidesfoundation.org, and click on “Grants.”

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