ECRG_800x532Improving the playground at De Anza Park in Pittsburg was just the beginning for the East County Regional Group.

Newly funded with a $20,000 from the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program, this dedicated group of parent advocates we sponsor are launching Pittsburg PACE (Parks, Activities, & Community Engagement) with a series of activities designed to increase physical activity among young children and families in Pittsburg’s Trident/De Anza Park neighborhood.

Pittsburg PACE will last through next summer and include children’s sports programming (soccer and T-ball), a family walking and activity club featuring Zumba and yoga classes, and resident leadership to promote routine habits of physical activity, park use, and neighborhood cohesion among families with young children.

The program launches next month with a community “kick-off” on August 13 at De Anza Park (located on East Trident Drive in Pittsburg) featuring fun, family-friendly activities. See flyer for more information.

A recent report on Pittsburg’s 22 city parks compiled by the East County Regional Group, First 5 Contra Costa, and Healthy & Active Before 5, identified De Anza Park as the park most in need of improvements. The report also showed that young children living near De Anza have less access to safe, quality park spaces compared to children in higher income neighborhoods.

Congratulations to the East County Regional Group for receiving their first grant and for improving East County parks for all young children and families. Great work!