At Babies to Three we are unashamed about using every resource available to us: our refurbished space on Jackson Avenue; our selfless volunteers; our parents who come and share their experience.
And, on a brisk and bright October morning, we decided to take advantage of another great local resource: Barretto Point Park in the South Bronx.
Gathering together in our kitchen space, at 9.30am, parents, children and volunteers put together nutritious lunches and then made our way to this unheralded park, which sits on the East River, south of Hunts Point. After a short journey by train and bus, we were greeted by some beautiful Fall colors, all radiant in the bright sunshine.
Unknown to some of our families, and never before visited by this staff member, Barretto Point Park has wonderful views across the East River, an interesting history, and plenty of purpose-built play areas for children to slide and swing. And like kids to candy (only much healthier!), our children rushed onto the climbing frames and across the soft play surfaces.
The children initially explored these areas and then took the plunge – building their confidence by repeatedly climbing steps, walking across wooden crossing pathways, and burning energy in the best way possible by enjoying an outdoors experience that was fun and safe.
For the parents, carers and volunteers alike – lunch would prove to be a much-needed respite! This was also an opportunity for us to get to know one another better – whether traveling together, playing with the children or sharing a sandwich
By the time we started to make our way home, all of us had a sense of contented tiredness. Adults and children had engaged in a trip that involved exploration and interaction… We’d travelled and talked… maybe even learned something new. All the time, the bonds of friendship are growing – and all thanks to a lovely park in the South Bronx.