Pop-Up Playground Featured

Thursday, Sept. 26, the Pop-Up Adventure Play – Port Clinton committee will have a mini pop-up playground at Veterans Park (corner of 2nd and Monroe) from 5-8 p.m. during the regularly scheduled Art Walk in downtown Port Clinton. The event is free and open to all youth and their adults.

“Our event is based on the work of Pop-Up Adventure Play, a UK-based nonprofit promoting child-directed play in communities of supportive adults,” said Christine Galvin, area director of United Way in Ottawa County. Studies show that this type of play allows children the opportunity to practice innovative thinking skills and to build self-confidence and become independent thinkers and problem solvers, all skills needed in our global business environment.

Don’t put that recycling bin out just yet!

The Pop-Up Adventure Playground has a “non-shopping list” of materials needed for next week’s event -– and much of it may be waiting for recycling or trash pick up. That cardboard box sitting by the door, those mismatched plastic containers and empty plastic bottles ready for the bin, old sheets or towels would find a happy home at the adventure playground. See the Non-shopping list below for more items. Please drop off any materials at United Way, Sutton Center, 1854 E. Perry, Port Clinton.

The committee also needs additional materials, such as tape, glue, bright fabric and kid-safe scissors. 

“We need volunteers to collect material, to promote the event, to set-up and take-down for the event at Veterans' Park next to Coffee Express, to volunteer from 5-8, to debrief afterwards, and prepare to do it again,” said Galvin. If interested, please contact her at 419.734.6645 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This event is a response to the town meeting with Dr. Robert Putnam where he cited Port Clinton as an example of a national problem in his article, “Crumbling American Dreams.” In an open letter to the community, Galvin asked the people of Port Clinton to determine what they could do to help our kids, half of whom are living in poverty. Melissa Bayer of East Harbor Montessori responded with the idea for the playground.  

Below is a list of the kinds of things that are great for play, but anything that’s clean (and not sharp and won’t shatter) can work. Just remember that children should be able to cut, color, tear, glue or otherwise change the materials.

Check your recycling box for:

• Cardboard boxes and tubes
• Paper bags
• Plastic bottles and other containers
• Magazines and newspaper

Look in your cupboards and kitchen drawers:

• Cotton balls
• String and yarn
• Old keys
• Mixing bowls
• Wooden spoons
• Old bedsheets and towels

Treasure the weird and the wonderful:

• Bright fabric
• Buckets and old tires
• Old hats or socks
• Giant bottle caps

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