Glen Oaks 'Play Streets' event begins Saturday

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A community-wide effort will take over the streets of Glen Oaks on three consecutive Saturdays in June.

Beginning on June 13, and running on June 20 and June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., "Play Street" is an event is for families who want to enjoy entertainment and games for a few weekend nights.

The idea is that entire families can work on living a healthier lifestyle. One of the organizers, Donald Hunter says that this can't be done in just one weekend. "We're looking to get traction, and create a culture, and you don't create culture overnight," said Hunter.

"Play Street Headquarters" will be at 6844 McClelland Drive. Sumrall and Oaklan Drive will be blocked off between Beechwood and McClelland. The streets will be shut down because they will be filled with recreation areas for families and children.

BREC is bringing Geaux BREC, its fun-on-wheels program that turns an every day street into a BREC park. The Pennington Biomedical Research Center's Play Street program is bringing its nutrition know-how, food, health programs.

The Black Family Initiative helps draw up the family health plan..Glen Oaks West Homeowners Association will focus on environmental health of families and New Beginning Baptist Church targets spiritual family health.

Hunter says that children will see "Space walks, food, face painting along with the Baton Rouge Fire Department, who have fire safety activities for kids."

Hunter says the Glen Oaks West Homeowners group is not exactly like most homeowners associations in Baton Rouge. He says most join a homeowners association by buying a home in the district, but in Glen Oaks, the homes are older and so the owners themselves choose to take part in efforts revitalizing their community.

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