Active RVA, a program of Sports Backers, in partnership with the City of Richmond, has been selected as a winner of the national Play Everywhere Challenge. This Award, for the Active RVA project ‘Upswing: Retractable Jump Ropes and Sidewalk Play as Neighborhood Renewal’ was announced Tuesday by KaBoom!, a Washington DC based non-profit that has built playgrounds around the country since it was founded in 1996.
Active RVA worked with the City of Richmond to lead the design and application process. The Richmond project was selected as one of 50 nationwide from over 1000 applications and aims to provide children and families in low-income communities the opportunity to play, jump, and connect with one another.
Active RVA plans to install the Upswing stations outside of barber shops and salons in low-income neighborhoods. These barber shops and salons are gathering places in Richmond’s low-income communities. During the economic recession, many businesses in the city couldn’t sustain, but the barbershops have. Through this opportunity for play, this project will support the community as a place where activity, fun, and fitness are valued and integrated with everyday life.
Richmond and the award was mentioned in Tuesday’s New York Times article on the Play Everywhere Challenge.