Joe Johnson figured the Play Street activity dates outside Purcell Public Library would attract dozens of kids and teens, but he did not expect the new program to be this popular.

Play Street is free of charge, takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. every other Wednesday outside the library, 919 N Ninth Street, and is open to kids of all ages from kindergarten through high school.

The events will continue on July 10 and 24 after starting two Wednesdays in June. 

“We’ve had about 150 at each event, including about 120 kids,” said Johnson, who is a TSET Healthy Living Program assistant coordinator in McClain County.

 “I was hoping for 50 to 60 people,” he continued.

The TSET Healthy Living Program in McClain County, which is housed in the Purcell library building, organized Play Street with volunteers from McClain Bank, the Purcell Public Library, the City of Purcell, Purcell Police, Chickasaw Nation and the Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce.

Activities for kids and teens include bubbles with over 50 wand designs, hula hoops, jump ropes, potato sack races, soccer, basketball, whiffle ball, football, kickball and sidewalk chalking.

Johnson said parents and guardians are encouraged to participate with their kids.

The morning timing of Play Street activities fits with the summer meals program at Purcell Elementary School, which is very close to the library.

Children and teens ages 18 and younger can eat a free breakfast at the school, have fun at Play Street, and then return to the school for a free lunch.

Adults can also eat at the school for a low price.

“I think Purcell needs a Play Street because it encourages kids to be active this summer,” Johnson continued. “They can go outside and get some exercise and have fun before the heat kicks in. The Purcell Elementary School has the meals and it’s right next to the library.”

For more information about Play Street or to become involved, contact Johnson at jdjohnson@nrh-ok.com.

You can also visit the TSET Healthy Living Program on Facebook at McClain TSET HLP or on Twitter @TFitMcClain.

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