2019 PlayCorps Leader Series: Mecca at Wallace (Forys)

Wallace Street Park (Forys) Blog post

“Welcome to Wallace!”

It has been a very hot and exciting start to the summer this year! This will be my fourth summer with Playcorps and is certainly shaping out to be one of my favorites. Having two lunch staff this year has made it a smoother process for kids to receive their lunch and for us to document how many kids in the city are getting a much-needed meal to fuel them for all of their adventurous summer play! Additionally, Wallace park has two recreation staff to help monitor our Splash pad that stays open from noon until 7 pm in the evening. Then there is Playcorps; Myself, Yahira, and Lesley, who keep the park bustling with creativity, action, and crafts. We all work together to ensure that Wallace park, which can sometimes feel like it is tucked away deep within the Silverlake neighborhood of Providence, is a refuge for children, teens, and families for when they want to get out and just have a little fun. 

For those wondering what we have been up to so far this summer, here is how our week has gone:

Masks and Jewelry making in the Shade

Super Heroes and Robots imaginary play

Musical Instrument Making and Decoration

Basketball and “Pass the Ball”

Decorating the Playground

Chalking the Storage Hut

Dirt Designs and Constructing Ant Homes

“Hot Potato” in the Splashpad

So Wallace park is filled with laughter and imagination from 10 am to 7 pm and even longer, as those in the neighborhood feel ownership of their park, and utilize it after “working hours” to exercise along the paths, play soccer games with friends in their fields, shoot hoops, and have picnics at sunset. We hope you will come by and join us!

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