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Area parks, RTI team to host Kids' Day at the Park

May. 18, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The Rahall Transportation Institute and the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District teamed up Saturday to host Kids' Day at the Park.

Part of the message from the event, held at Ritter Park, was to remind residents of the number of parks and playgrounds available throughout the Huntington area.

"We're here to motivate kids to get off the couch and come to the park to play," said Kevin Brady, the executive director of the park district.

The other exciting part of the day was all the games available for kids to play, including kickball, wiffleball and relay races. What was great, many people said, is those are the simple games that kids used to play in the park all the time. It was a good reminder that Ritter Park and its green space isn't just for running and biking.

"All the things you can just pick up and do," said Brie Salmons, the operations manager at RTI who blew bubbles with kids during the event. "See what you can do with an open field?"

Carol Lynn, who arrived with her three grandchildren at the start of the event at 10 a.m., was still there at noon because they were having so much fun participating in all the games. She said the parks in the area are a great benefit to people of all ages, and a place her grandchildren always want to go.

"They couldn't wait to get here, and now they don't want to leave," Lynn said. "We love the parks, and I try to get them here as often as I can."