There are children who would enjoy that dusty sports equipment or outdoor play toy that you found during spring cleaning. 

Residents are encouraged to “recycle” their gently used or new outdoor toys, sports equipment and other items before April 14 in collection boxes located at the Clear Lake Public Library, Clear Lake High School and the Clear Lake Athletic and Wellness Center. Families can then come to the Outdoor Toy Community Share starting at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 20 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. However, children are spending half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago. Also, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, children today ages 8-18 spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes per day using entertainment media. 

Balls, bats, outdoor games, baseball or golf equipment, trikes, bikes, sports bags, jump ropes, frisbees, hula hoops, and skateboards (with pads and helmets) are just some examples of possible donations. Donors are asked to provide complete sets, which must be usable and preferably clean. 

Fun outdoor activities are planned for the OutdoorFest on Saturday, April 20 including the annual Tug of War, Fun Run, bounce house, gaga ball and numerous activities. See the Clear Lake Earth Days Facebook or website for more information.