Local park becomes children board game

Local park becomes children board game

YUMA, Ariz. - The classic childhood favorite board game, Candyland is coming to Yuma in a unique way.


The city of Yuma for permission from Hasbro to use the images and concepts from their board game to turn a local park into a live action version of Candyland. 


The goal is to help kids become more physically motivated. There are 15 different physical challenges to advance in the game. All you have to do is tire jump, bunny hop, do some burpees, go through a maze and even a couple push-ups.


Volunteers have been working on painting the sidewalk and mural for weeks. 


This is all a part of the Mesa Heights Revitalization effort, in which the city received grants from Disney and The National Parks and Recreation Association to accomplish.

And this game is just one of the many improvements happening in the area. 

“The Candyland is going to open on April 7, it’s a Saturday so everybody can come on out and play and give it a try from 10 AM to noon so it should be a very comfortable time of the day. We hope everybody comes out, it’s absolutely free to attend …  additionally to that we are hoping to have the Phoenix Suns and APS here on a different day April 11 in the late afternoon to come and build the gymnasium floor and the new indoor gymnasium here at the Joe Henry Optima Center," Dave Nash, public affairs coordinator for the city of Yuma said.

The park is installing some hand-painted benches by art students at Yuma High School. 

McGraw Elementary School and Gila Vista Junior High students are also taking part in this project by painting tiles for the entrance of the game. 

The park is located at 18th street and 1st avenue. You won't want to miss the grand opening on April 7. 

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