Victorville enters video contest for playground equipment grant – News –

VICTORVILLE — A local city has produced a homemade video in an effort to win thousands of dollars in grant money for some much-needed playground equipment.

The City of Victorville Recreation Division has entered its “We Just Want to Play” video for a chance to win a $20,000 playground grant from the groups Let’s Play and KaBOOM!

City officials said Schmidt Park would be the beneficiary of the grant money should the video win. The 40-year-old park, located on George Boulevard at the Southern California Logistics Airport, has playground equipment that is “small, inadequate and outdated.”

Viewers can watch the “We Just Want to Play” video, and vote once per day through June 23, on the “Let’s Play” Facebook page.

Victorville’s two-minute video includes a group of children running eagerly toward Schmidt Park only to be disappointed by what they find.

“This doesn’t look fun,” said one boy just before a young girl asks, “Where’s the slide?” as they look at a sandpit that includes one swing and a small metal climbing ring.

Other children in the video tout the benefits of outdoor play, including excelling in school, being healthier and happier, improving social skills, and being “less likely to develop chronic diseases.”

Toward the end of the video, one little girl points to a large playground at Center Street Park and says, “Now, that’s a playground!” before running toward the massive playground equipment unit that includes multiple slides, ladders, stairs and other accessories.

Schmidt Park is adjacent to the Harold H. George Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School of the Adelanto School District.

Park amenities include two soccer fields, a basketball court, a covered picnic area with a barbecue and restrooms.

Let’s Play is an initiative launched six years ago by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to provide the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily…

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