New play walk opens downtown |

New play walk opens downtown

Created: October 24, 2019 09:05 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A playground makeover is re-energizing downtown Rochester.

Mayor Lovely Warren was joined by youth and community members on Thursday to cut a ribbon on the play walk.

The new sidewalk trail along Chestnut Street and Court Street between the Strong Museum of Play and the Central Library features permanent large format games and activities, like a distortion mirror and foosball.

“We know play isn't trivial,” Jenn Beideman, Advocacy Manager for Common Ground Health said. “We know play is critical to the health of our community and to our kids, and we know that cities that play every day are healthier, they promote urban growth and revitalization, foster economic and they actually bring communities together and that's essentially what this project has done.”

Yellow and blue sidewalk dots and cubes mark the trail, which features murals and playful re-used newspaper boxes that offer a place for free book sharing.

A youth design team from the central library worked with local artist Shawn Dunwoody and landscape artist Sue Steele to design the play walk.

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