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Families get fun time outside at Bull City Play Streets

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Kids and families got to play outside without worrying about traffic (WTVD)

High humidity in Durham meant a sticky Saturday for the latest edition of Bull City Play Streets, a day designed to help participants work up a sweat. The event promotes healthy living and provides a fun day of outside play for families.

Two churches teamed up with the city, which kept traffic off a stretch of Leon Street for about four hours. Brian Pike was pleased with the set up. He brought his young son Connor over for exercise inside a bounce house and free frozen yogurt.

"It's great to have him be able to go out in the street and have fun," said Pike, who really appreciated the lack of traffic. "No cars, no cars. Yeah!"

Pastor Jill King of Our Savior Lutheran Church told ABC11 about the opportunities for adults to update their health info. "Nurses doing blood pressure checks, we've got city agencies and organizations handing out information and materials, and freebies."

"Just sort of a way to let them know we're here," said Pamela Norris as she stood behind a table covered with free stuffed animals. "We're also hanging out flyers to vacation Bible school that's coming up."

Two youngsters helped organizers welcome families. High school student Desiree Cuevas painted colorful designs on faces while her brother Jaime drew play spaces for younger kids on the asphalt in the middle of the street. He hoped for a much bigger crowd.

"Definitely. It'd be great if more people would show up," said Jaime.

But Pastor King appreciates the turnout.

"Both Our Savior and Glendale Heights are relatively small congregations," she said. "This was an opportunity for us to reach out into the community, and to make a difference for the families that live so close to us."

Those who came got more than free yogurt. They also had the opportunity to take home booklets about healthy eating, along with a jump rope for aerobic exercise after a day of fun while waiting for the sun to emerge.

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