The City and program partner, Antelope Valley Partners for Health, will be reaching out to parents and community members to better involve the area’s youth in health and wellness, as well as encourage community involvement in the SRTS program.
“This is yet another event where our families, community and schools join together,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “United, we are attacking the problem of childhood obesity in a coordinated manner. By all of us working together, we can accomplish anything.”
The Family Fun Day will take place at downtown’s American Heroes Park, 701 West Kettering Street (near the Gazebo). At the event, there will be health and safety information as well as activities. The activities will include a Safe Moves Bicycle Rodeo (traffic skills & bicycle safety), free bicycle repairs, free helmet fitting and adjustments, demonstrations with smoothie making blender bikes, and a drawing for a free boy’s bicycle and girl’s bicycle, as well as helmets. In addition, a trophy will be awarded to the school with the most participants.
Safe Routes to School is a national program aimed at making it safer and easier for children to walk and bicycle to school. Lancaster’s SRTS program is a multi-year project, which will establish plans and programs for the 29 public schools in the Lancaster area.
The City of Lancaster staff is working in conjunction with Antelope Valley Partners for Health, Lancaster School District, Antelope Valley Union High School, Eastside Union School District, Westside School District, as well as LA County services, to create a city-wide Safe Routes to School Master Plan to improve the infrastructure around Lancaster’s public schools. School children and their families, residents who live near the schools, and the general public are all encouraged to become a part of the planning process.
There are various volunteer opportunities for the Safe Routes to School Program. For more information on the Family Fun Day or the Safe Routes program, visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/srts or contact Elma Watson at (661)723-6266.
(Information via press release from the city of Lancaster.)