A new NFL Play 60 Challenge Course is coming to Reedy Creek Park this fall and it’s going to be awesome. The project is funded through a partnership with Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, the Carolina Panthers, and Lowe’s.
“We needed to replace the existing playground at Reedy Creek Park since it is going on 15 years old.” said Peter Cook, Division Director with Park Operations. “The Carolina Panthers were interested in funding another Play60 so we decided on Reedy Creek Park. We are contributing the $60K that it would cost for a new playground and the Carolina Panthers are contributing $215K.”
This will be the third NFL Play 60 space in Mecklenburg County. Freedom Park (pictured) and Hornets Nest Park already have Play 60 Challenge Courses that have been described as, “NFL Combine meets American Ninja Warrior.” The parks are designed to engage children in creative and interactive play. Each Play60 Playground is unique but usually includes multiple obstacles and a 40-yard dash with a sensor activated time clock.
Here’s a look at the excitement when Park and Recreation and the Carolina Panthers cracked the seal on the Hornets Nest Park Play60 Challenge Course!
The mission of NFL Play 60 is to make the next generation of youth the most active and healthy. The NFL has dedicated over $200 million to youth health and wellness through NFL Play 60.
“Play 60 ties in with our fit community initiatives that focus on getting kids active and out in nature.” said Cook. “The goal is to get kids outside to play 60 minutes a day.”
Reedy Creek Park & Nature Preserve is located on the East side of Charlotte. Cook described it as a “multigenerational park” since it has a little something for everyone. When you are not running the 40-yard dash or climbing through the obstacle courses at the new Play 60 Playground, you can enjoy a whole range of activities including disc golf, basketball, cricket, softball, visit the nature center, fish in the large pond, or enjoy a simple hike on over 8 miles of nature trails. You can even bring your furry friend out to enjoy the dog park.
Construction on the Play 60 Challenge Course at Reedy Creek begins in August and will be complete in late Fall.