A Family Fitness and Fun Park takes shape

The children of Spring Valley, Calif., have a brand-new place to play in the fresh air and sunshine, thanks to hundreds of volunteers—including orthopaedists, family members, nurses, state and specialty society representatives, AAOS staff, industry partners, and local residents—who participated in the Academy’s annual volunteer build project yesterday.

Yesterday’s event marked the first time that Alvin Crawford, MD, participated in a build. A big motivating factor for the former San Diego resident was the notion of “coming back home. “Because I lived in San Diego from 1971 to 1975, I know about the need in these communities for something like this,” he said.

This year, the AAOS partnered with San Diego Youth Services, a non-profit, charitable organization that provides intensive services to more than 9,000 children and their families each year, and KaBOOM! to build the second Family Fitness and Fun Park.

Volunteers enjoyed mild temperatures, sunny skies, and the camaraderie of fellow participants while building equipment for balance, flexibility, and strength and a walking/running track for aerobic exercise.

The 2011 AAOS Family Fitness and Fun Park is a place where three generations—children, parents, and grandparents—can get fit and have fun together.

Prepared by Jennie McKee, staff writer for AAOS Now.