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Rochester Initiative Awarded Super Bowl-Related Grant

Grant Award Celebration
photo courtesy Steffenhagen Photography

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – Olmsted County Public Health Services and the Rochester Parks and Recreation Department have been awarded a $52,000 grant to create what is being called “The Go! Play! Explore! mobile playground.”

Funding for the project is coming from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund and will help develop an active mobile playground using a trailer loaded with interactive games and equipment. It will travel to a variety of locations, such as parks, schools and churches, in order to engage kids and families in physical activity.

Mayor Ardell Brede and Olmsted County Commissioner Ken Brown participated in an event celebrating the grant award at Longfellow Elementary School on Tuesday. As part of the event, students at the school were invited to vote for the equipment and activities they would like to see included in the mobile playground, which is expected to be ready in June.

“The concept of creating a mobile playground is such an inspiring idea for bringing community together,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund. We’re pleased to announce this as the second grant in our 52 Weeks of Giving campaign.”

Officials with the Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund say the grant is part of the ’52 Weeks of Giving’ campaign, which is a year-long effort to make the 2018 Super Bowl a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.
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