Area communities compete in ‘Go Out and Play’ Challenge

The City of Warman is hoping to earn a $10,000 financial boost for a new accessible playground.

The town of Aberdeen, meanwhile, would like to use the prize money from the Blue Cross ‘Go Out and Play’ Challenge to build a walking path around its soccer and football field.

But the competition, sponsored by In Motion, will be stiff. Other area communities are in the hunt for the first prize windfall as well:

Borden has plans to fund the addition of lights at its community playground and park;

Delisle wants to build a children’s spray park;

Hepburn would put the funds toward its annual Winter Festival;

Rosthern would use the money toward a playground at its new K-12 school; and

Waldheim would build an outdoor skating rink and warming shack.

Warman acceessible playground

All these communities, as well as 33 others across the province, have been accepted into the Saskatchewan Blue Cross ‘Go Out and Play’ Challenge initiated by In Motion Sask.

The ten-day challenge, slated for early March, involves residents logging their minutes spent in outdoor activities.

The Go Out and Play Challenge is designed to support projects that increase opportunities for children, youth and families to be active in the great outdoors.

The Warman Accessible Playground, which is already in the city’s capital projects plan, will be built on the east side of Prairie Oasis Park. It will provide children with physical and cognitive disabilities an opportunity to participate alongside other children.

Delisle spray park

As part of the Go Out and Play Challenge, individuals or families can create a ‘profile’ to record their outdoor activity minutes, up to 120 minutes per day per individual.

Participants do not need to be residents of Saskatchewan or the community where they are allocating their minutes.

The top prize in the contest is $10,000, to go toward the project specified by the winning community. Second prize is $5,000. The winners will be announced by In Motion on March 15, 2019.

Complete rules and sign-in forms for individuals are available online at the Blue Cross Go Out and Play Challenge website.