By Chase Brightwell

Contributor

Sandy Springs will celebrate National Kids to Parks Day by hosting fun activities for kids of all ages on May 19 at Hammond Park.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free, according to a press release from the city.

Some of the planned activities include: relay races, a tug-of war contest, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, a magic show, and visits from the Sandy Springs Fire Department. Families will also be able to explore Sandy Springs Fire Rescue’s Fire Safety House.

“Parks offer a wonderful opportunity for families to stay healthy and active together,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos. “We have such enticing parks in Sandy Springs; we hope families will take advantage of them and head outdoors all summer long.”

National Kids to Parks Day was established in 2011 by the National Park Trust in order to combat falling park attendance as well as rising rates of obesity among kids. The day has since been adopted by nearly 200 cities nationwide.

Hammond Park is located at 705 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com