WakeMed’s PlayWELL Park

The world’s first health education playground:

Our 1.5-acre one-of-a-kind health education playground offers children the opportunity to learn about health experientially while having fun. Students are also able to enjoy an outdoor lunch under two covered picnic areas equipped with tables and trash cans. WakeMed is the lead sponsor of WakeMed’s PlayWELL Park at Poe and provides landscape maintenance as an in-kind donation. Some of the activities include:

  • Physical Activity Tree House – Kids climb the rib rise and nerve net, and slide through giant arteries.
  • Nutri-Climb – Climbing the nutrition wall, kids experience the “downfall” of too many wrong food choices.
  • In One Ear – Kids of all ages will dangle in the air as they fly from ear to ear.
  • Pulse Chimes – The playground comes alive with the sound of chimes as kids monitor their pulse.
  • Pedal Posts – Kids will be challenged to coordinate their hands and feet to show how heart and lungs, muscles and bones work together.
  • Shade Shelter Cap with Sunglasses and Tongue Slide – Kids will learn how easy it is to protect their skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Healthy Choices Maze – This a-MAZE-ing challenge, full of twists and turns, will teach kids the importance of healthy choices.

Major Improvements on PlayWELL Park: New Playground Equipment and Sunshade Structures

More than 130 volunteers from MetLife Foundation, the Poe Center for Health Education, organizers from KaBOOM!, and the community joined forces on Saturday, June 10, to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at WakeMed’s PlayWELL Park at Poe.

Over the course of seven hours, volunteers moved 111 cubic yards of Engineered Wood Fiber, mixed 220 80 lb. bags of concrete, built five raised planter boxes, built two planters, built an outdoor classroom and chalkboard, and built teo mendocino benches.

The new playground will provide a safe place to play for over 12,000 kids in the Raleigh area. Additionally, the playground will enhance experiences for over 20,000 children who visit the Poe Center for field trips each year.

In building this play space together, we are making it easier for all kids to get balanced and active play and making Raleigh more playable.

New Sunshade Casts Healthy Shadow
We are proud to be the recipient of the American Academy of Dermatology Shade Structure Program Grant. The Poe Center received a grant of $8000 to install new shade structures over the picnic areas in PlayWELL Park. Seeking shade is an important way to reduce the risk of skin cancer, as well as wearing sun-protective clothes and broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
 

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