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Media Release
News Date: April 15, 2020

Play Safe, Live Smart: Keeping Your Mind and Body Active

COLUMBUS, OH – With everyone social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to find new ways to keep minds and bodies active. Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is offering new programs to help residents Play Safe, Live Smart and stay active in a safe way. 

“Staying active and getting outdoors are important to the overall health and well being of our community,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “We’re excited to connect residents with activities to stay mentally and physically active while practicing social distancing.”

Virtual Earth Day: Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day, and it’s a perfect time to get out and explore the natural world. Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is promoting Virtual Earth Day April 15-25 to help residents explore the many things that live and grow in their backyards and Columbus’ parks. Different things to look for will be posted on the department’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. This fun scavenger hunt-style activity is a great way to get kids exploring outside. Residents can win prizes by posting photos of their finds on social media and tagging the department and using the hashtag #VirtualEarthDayCbus. Download the free iNaturalist app in the App store and on Google Play. 

Get Active At Home: With fitness facilities closed, it is important to find new ways to stay active. The department’s health and wellness team is posting workouts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to encourage residents to get off the couch and get moving at home. From low-intensity workouts to adaptive yoga to high-intensity interval training (HIIT), there are a variety of workouts for all ages and fitness levels. 

CAC Create at Home: While art classes at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center (CAC) are currently canceled, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is committed to inspiring creativity at home. Join local CAC artists for step-by-step instructions on creative arts projects via Facebook Live every Tuesday and Thursday at noon on the CAC Facebook page. If you miss the live stream, simply go back to the CAC Facebook page at a later date to see all of the CAC Create at Home segments. 

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is passionate about connecting all residents to nature, wellness and creativity while at home. For additional resources and information about COVID-19, visit Columbus Public Health, Ohio Department of Health or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, Ohio residents with specific questions related to COVID-19 can also call 833-4-ASK-ODH (833-427-5634). For a full list of department-related updates and closures, visit