The Town of Benson has completed the Mary Duncan Public Library Sidewalk Play Spaces. The play spaces are located on the sidewalks on the Main and Railroad Streets sides of the library. Features include colorfully painted sidewalks, plus interactive play panels with activities as hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, spelling, and math games.
“We are so proud of this innovative project because it brings outdoor play elements to a public space. Children can play on the way and not need to make a trip to a playground for fun and exercise,” said Mayor William W. Massengill, Jr..
Benson’s Parks and Recreation Department submitted the Sidewalk Play Spaces concept as part of the KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge. The Play Everywhere Challenge is a $1 million national competition that awards innovative ideas to make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families across the United States. Benson’s Sidewalk Play Spaces projected received an award of $10,000.
KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids. More than 1,000 applicants’ submitted project designs. Benson was among the 50 candidates selected.