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Recreation and Parks - March 14, 2018

City officials are encouraging families to bring their kids and their bikes to Salem Lake on Sunday, March 18, to help them cut the ribbon on Winston-Salem's first Kids in Parks location, where kids earn points toward prizes when they are active outdoors. The ribbon cutting will be at 2 p.m. at the Point at Salem Lake (where the playground and the restrooms are located), 1001 Salem Lake Road, Winston-Salem.

To celebrate the occasion, Zagster is offering free use of its bike-share station at Salem Lake from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday so parents can ride the trail with their kids. Zagster bikes can be used by anyone 18 or older; for the free rental use the discount code "kidsinpark."

The Kids in Parks program has a network of family-friendly, guided outdoor activities called "Track Trails." Options include hiking, biking, paddling, geocaching, nature, and disc golf. Kids can register through the Kids in Parks website to log their activities and earn prizes.

The Track Trail at Salem Lake consists of nine stations along the 7-mile Salem Lake Trail. Each station provides information about plants and animals that make Salem Lake their home, as well as information about the value of the lake and why it is important to keep it clean. On the bottom of each sign is a code letter. Kids can collect all the letters and unscramble them to win a special prize.

This is the first bike Track Trail in the Triad. In all there more than 150 Track Trail locations in North Carolina, nine other states and District of Columbia. The mission of Kids in Parks is to get kids away from technology, and out into nature and physically active. For more information about the program and locations, and to register, go to KidsinParks.com.

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