BALTIMORE — Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, along with Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy headed to Baltimore on Thursday to further promote access to recreational facilities.
It is the starting signal for 25 in 5, an initiative that aims to create more space for children in parks and playgrounds in 25 locations over five years.
A partnership with Kaboom, a non-profit organization that helps communities build playgrounds for children.
“You’re talking about dozens of playgrounds being built across Baltimore,” Mayor Brandon Scott said.
For some kids, the best part of their day is playing on the jungle gym, sliding down the slide, and swinging.
“Being with my friends and probably the swing set,” Beauty Simpson said.
Also on board this initiative, Second Gentleman Emhoff and Murthy spoke to parents and children about the importance of physical health not only for the body but also for the brain.
“We were able to talk to some children and parents and you heard what we heard; You’ve heard the value these spaces bring to kids.” “It helps with their physical health, but more importantly, their mental health,” Emhoff said.
“We need to do whatever we can to reinvest in our children’s mental health and well-being, and one of those steps we need to take is to play something that’s part of our childhood day.” Make sure there are safe places to play and make sure safe places to play are distributed fairly,” Murthy said.
Mayor Scott also says $41 million from the American Rescue Plan Act will be used to build new recreation centers, swimming pools, basketball courts and playgrounds across the city.
Baltimore is launching this program with Kaboom, they plan to expand to other locations outside of the city.