The Friends of West Baltimore Squares, in partnership with the SOWEBO Landmark 5k, Chesapeake Youth Development and the Franklin Square Neighborhood Association, hosted the SOWEBO Family Field Day in Franklin Square Park on May 18, 2013 with a dual focus on health and exercise, as well as promoting resident engagement in the neighborhood and community and to encourage the greater use of Baltimore’s parks as a place to interact with friends, families, and neighbors!
We invited our friends at DOCS in the Park to come back to provide prescriptions to get outside and be active more often to local residents- both young & old! We offered many structured and unstructured sports activities for participants to “fill” their prescription, which include basketball and lacrosse drills, hula hoops, pogo sticks, soccer, football, and more! Additionally, we provided healthy snacks and drinks for people to enjoy throughout the event.
Although it seemed like a storm could approach at any moment, the weather held out and kept it cool throughout the day for people to enjoy the activities. During our 4 hours in the park, we constantly had neighborhood kids and adults enjoying the activities and playing sports games together. This included students from the Boys & Girls Club, lacrosse players from Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School, local residents and passers-by.
It was a wonderful time for participants and volunteers alike to engage in healthy, active pastimes and to meet, re-meet, and mingle with their neighbors and friends.
As special thanks to all of our volunteers from Franklin Square Neighborhood Association, Union Square Association, SOWEBO Landmark 5k, Parks & People Foundation, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, as well as to Habitat for Humanity for donating the basketball hoop.