FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2023
Live Well Kingston Launches ‘Park Passport’
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Live Well Kingston Commission’s Play Well Focus Team are pleased to launch a “Park Passport,” an online tool designed to create an interactive experience and encourage use of the City of Kingston’s diverse parks.
The goal of the Park Passport is to visit seven Kingston parks: Academy Green, Forsyth Park and Nature Center, Hasbrouck Park, Kingston Point Beach, Rotary Park at Kingston Point, Loughran Park, and TR Gallo Waterfront Park, and receive a digital stamp. Each park has a sign located near the park’s entrance with a unique QR code that can be scanned to receive that park’s stamp. The Park Passport can be viewed on a smart phone or mobile device. All seven parks in the Park Passport program have free public access to Wi-Fi. Once players have entered stamps from all seven participating parks, they will be entered in a monthly drawing for a free one-month family membership to the YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County.
“This is such a fun opportunity to visit several of Kingston’s beautiful parks, which all have unique offerings for kids and families, while encouraging outdoor play and physical activity,” said Mayor Noble. “We hope this creative project encourages users to get fresh air, family time, and help to create a healthy and active Kingston community.”
“The team conceived of this playful project to coincide with the Deitz Stadium renovations as a reminder of our many free physical activity options,” said Marsha Sebro, Project Manager for the Health and Wellness Dept.
“These kinds of projects are a great example of Live Well Kingston’s collaborative nature,” said Emily Flynn, Director of Health and Wellness. “Community members brainstormed the idea, tested out different technologies, and with help from our department, it's now ready for the public to try.”
Step 1 - Visit any of the seven participating parks and find the QR codes on the yard sign located near the park’s entrance. Use your mobile device to scan the code to begin.
Step 2 – Get a “stamp” by scanning the QR code located at each participating park. Enter your information and click submit.
Step 3 - Email us when you’ve gotten all seven stamps and you’ll be entered in the drawing for the grand prize drawing (free one-month family membership to the YMCA). One submission per household. Drawings will be held the last day of each month while supplies last.
Play Well Kingston’s Focus Team is a collective of organizations and individuals working together to develop, implement, and/or support policy, systems, and environmental change to facilitate the growth and maintenance of public parks, recreational facilities, open space, and other resources to promote safe and accessible places for physical activity for all users. Learn more about Play Well here.
Find out more about Kingston parks here https://www.kingston-ny.gov/parks