Still playing 100 years later


What better time to celebrate play than on Family Day, and that is what the City of Thunder Bay did on Monday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of local playground programming.
Maryann Kleynendorst, the city’s supervisor of community programs for children and youth, said Monday was Winterfest, the second annual celebration of winter at the waterfront park.
“One hundred years of organized playgrounds programing started in Fort William in 1914. and continues stronger today,’’ said Kleynendorst.
“The commitment this community has to the wellness and well being of families and children, youth and older adults all grows out of that commitment to offering really good quality opportunities to play and experience leisure, and participate in good programing,” she said.
In 1914, programs included arts and crafts, folk dancing and all the ball sports.

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