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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 21, 2009
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Va. State Parks hosting "Play Days" events through Sept. 27
State parks participating in national KaBOOM! Play Days campaign

(Richmond, Va.) - Across the Commonwealth, Virginia State Parks are participating in the KaBOOM! Play Days campaign, which continues through Sept. 27.

Nearly 100 family events are being held in state parks as they join more than 1,000 communities and national sponsors Kool Aid and NFL Play 60 to encourage children and adults to enjoy nature by venturing outside and away from electronic devices. State park activities are as varied as geocaching, concerts, canoe tours, living history programs, and much, much more.

The 35 award-winning state parks are operated by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since 1995, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to build more than 1,600 new playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America.

"We see this partnership as a natural extension of our ongoing commitment to getting kids in nature," said DCR State Parks Director Joe Elton. "KaBOOM! Play Days are an excellent opportunity for parents to help their children explore the outdoors in a safe and supervised environment. The natural world we all grew up in is still available for the next generation in a Virginia State Park."

KaBOOM! features an interactive website that makes it easy to find a nearby Play Day event. The many state park activities include geocaching, concerts, canoe tours, living history programs, and much, much more. Visit http://playday.kaboom.org for more information.

For more information about Virginia State Parks activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,600 campsites or 200 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

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