Program Provides Safe Play for Millville Children and Families

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More than a dozen organizations in Millville came together to give children in the Cumberland County city a chance to enjoy summer. 

On Wednesday, July 12th, dozens of kids got the chance to get out of the house, exercise, and have fun playing in the streets of downtown Millville.

“Every week it’s going to be closed off," said Officer Rick Kott, of the Millville Police Department. "You can’t drive up and down here, there [are] police officers that are going to be coming in and out, as well as community leaders.”

For the next several Wednesdays, Pine Street, between 2nd and 3rd streets, will be closed to traffic and open for fun.

“We want Center City Millville, specifically the youth and families, to get out, and just really ... have a day out,” said Brett Clendaniel, community builder for Holly City Development Corporation.

We want the kids to come outside, play, and feel safe at the same time.

Other organizations came together with Holly City for Millville’s second annual Safe Play Streets.

With a different theme every week, local kids will have the opportunity to play in a safe, supervised area.

“[The] big thing is we want the kids to come outside, play, and feel safe at the same time,” said Kott.

With the street closed off, and police around, every Wednesday there will be plenty of activities for kids to come out and enjoy.

“Just come out as a unit — as a family unit specifically — and have a great time,” said Clendaniel. “A safe time, a supervised time.”

On Wednesday, volunteers concentrated on fitness and exercise.

Ahmir Simmons, one of the children participating, said he had a "wonderful day." 

And with different activities going on in the street once a week through August 23rd, there will be something for everyone.

“It’s so hot outside, so the kids get to come out and have fun,” said Jaden Dayton, of Millville.

Holly City Development Corporation is still looking for donations and sponsors for upcoming weeks, as the group continues to make the Summer of 2017 a season that's special for hundreds of kids.

“Millville is getting better and stronger every day,” added Kott.

Recommended: Interview with Jim Parent of the Holly City Development Corporation (VIDEO)

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