Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) to meet on Thursday, Sept. 1

A presentation about a proposed new Sitka Community Playground will be the highlight of the Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Alice Marcus of Sitka Outdoor Kids, who leads the group trying to get the new Sitka Community Playground built, will discuss the project. At this point there are no ADA-approved playgrounds in Sitka, and there are few playgrounds in town that aren’t part of a schoolyard and closed off to parents and children during the school day.

In other business, we hope to have updates on the new 4H program in Sitka being started by Sitka Conservation Society and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, Sitka National Historical Park youth programs, the new Hames Athletic and Wellness Center Couch to Summit program, Sitka Sound Science Center education programs, and our “Have you been outdoors today? Get Out, Sitka!” media campaign. We also will discuss the upcoming Sitka Health Summit on Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

The Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) started as a community project from the 2010 Sitka Health Summit in October. Our mission is to encourage more Sitka residents to get outdoors for recreation, especially kids and families. Our meetings are free and open to the public. Please join us. To learn more, contact Charles Bingham at 738-8875 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com.

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