Families in Motion to celebrate parks day

Bicycle safety obstacle course and helmet fittings for ages 4 to 10 are new to the program

Staff writerApril 16, 2014 

The Friends of the Riverwalk Trail group will join with Puyallup’s Parks and Recreation Department on April 26 to recognize Parks Appreciation Day during the annual Families in Motion.

The event, which fosters public awareness of and funding for the Riverwalk Trail, has grown from an attendance of 200 people when it began in 2010 to more than 760, organization chair Bill Hilton said.

“It has stood the test of time,” he said.

Hilton said the Friends group presents the Families in Motion program on the last Saturday of April. When the group realized it fell on Parks Appreciation Day this year, it wanted to join with the Parks and Recreation Department to bring more attention to the Riverwalk Trail.

Those who attend the program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 can take part in cleanup and beautification efforts along the Riverwalk Trail. Parks and recreation staff members will help supervise.

Another new program will be the Bicycle Rodeo, which will cater to children ages 4 to 10. Kids will have an opportunity to bike through an obstacle course that will teach them bicycle safety. When they’re finished, they can enter a raffle for a new bike.

The Friends group looked to co-chair Janet Rich, an avid bicyclist, to organize the program.

“We’ve promoted this in the school district, day cares and preschools in the area,” Rich said. “We’ve done a lot of background work on it.”

Central Pierce Fire and Rescue Lt. Michael Ampe will be on site to provide bicycle helmet fittings and fire safety information, Rich said. The fire department also will have an engine for public viewing.

The staging area for Families in Motion will be at the Goodwill parking lot off River Road.

“People attending are encouraged to bring donations for Goodwill,” Rich said.

Interactive games will be stationed in the parking lot to keep children engaged.

“It’s something to loosen them up after they go through the course, and then they will do it again,” Rich said.

Families in Motion also will feature the annual 5-kilometer fun run, which will start at 9 a.m., and the Daffodil Valley Volkssports 5K/10K Walk, which will be open to all from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both activities will start at the Goodwill parking lot.

Those who participate can bring a nonperishable food item for the Puyallup Food Bank.

Hilton said the Friends group has been lucky to have good weather on the day of the event each year.

“The weather has been very gracious to us,” he said.

If you go

The Families in Motion Parks Appreciation Day will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at 1200 4th St. NW at the Goodwill Puyallup parking lot off River Road. Admission is free. For more information, call Bill Hilton at 253-302-1104 or email billhltn@aol.com.

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