There is a child out there who would enjoy that unused outdoor play toy that you found during spring cleaning.

Residents are encouraged to “recycle” their gently used outdoor toys, sports equipment and other items before April 15 in collection boxes located at the Clear Lake and Ventura Public Library, the Clear Lake Athletic and Wellness Center and Clear Creek Elementary School.  Families can then come to the Outdoor Toy Community Share starting at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23 at the Clear Lake Yacht Club building as part of the Clear Lake Earth Days OutdoorFest in the City Park area.   

Outdoor time is important for children as research shows it improves classroom performance, reduces anxiety, enhances imaginations and attention spans and combats childhood obesity.  Children are spending half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago, however.  Also, children today ages 8-18 years old spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes per day using entertainment media, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  

Let’s help all kids enjoy the outdoors by donating balls, bats, outdoor games, baseball or golf equipment, trikes, bikes, sports bags, jump ropes, Frisbees, hula hoops, skateboards (with pads and helmets and other items. Donors are asked to provide complete sets of items, they must be useable and preferably clean.

Fun outdoor activities are planned for the OutdoorFest on Saturday April 23 including the annual Tug of War, Fun Run, bounce house and numerous activities.  See the Clear Lake Earth Days Facebook for more information.

A big thank you to the library, wellness center and school staff for helping with this project!