“I Belong in Aston Park”

2 Aug

Here is a press release about an event happening right up the street from us this Thursday, August 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. In addition to the activities listed below, this event will also feature a performance from the YWCA Children’s Choir!

Downtown Communities Celebrate “I Belong in Aston Park”

YWCA folks at Aston Park

Join us at the historic and recently upgraded Aston Park to celebrate all the new, healthy activities going on in the park. The event will include free yoga, tai chi, and Chi Walking and Running sessions and children’s games all led by fitness professionals as well as free play with the new playground equipment. Healthy snacks and water will also be available.

Event: “I Belong in Aston Park” Celebration
Date & Time: Thursday, August 5, 2010 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: Aston Park; at the corner of Hilliard Ave and S. French Broad Avenue in downtown Asheville
Cost: FREE!

 This jewel of a park in downtown has had varied history from segregation, to decay, and now revitalization. Recently, a group of neighbors from the River Arts District, West End Clingman (WECAN), and South French Broad (SFBNA) teamed up with the city and received a Fit Community from the State of North Carolina.

From this grant and community input has come a new playground structure, bench swing, sand box, kiosk, and playground equipment (balls, games, jumps ropes, etc.) available to loan for anyone wishing to play in the park as well as free weekly yoga and tai chi classes offered by the YWCA.

YWCA kids in Aston Park

Representatives from “Let’s Move, Buncombe” will be on hand as they help celebrate local initiatives that are creating opportunities for citizens to live a healthier lifestyle. Motivated by the First Lady’s national “Let’s Move!” initiative, Buncombe County Commissioner (and YWCA Executive Director) Holly Jones has pulled together a group of our female elected officials to create a public awareness campaign to promote, enhance and expand programs addressing childhood obesity in Buncombe County.

“The purpose of this campaign is to shine a light on all the amazing initiatives in our community that are working,” Jones says. “I also want to get woman policy-makers thinking about these issues collectively.”

As part of the celebration there will also be a Photo Voice presentation in the tennis center clubhouse and the public is invited to bring photos, record stories about the park and neighbors, and take photos as well.

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