Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
City of Bethlehem health director Kristen Wenrich touches up the ‘fitness agility ladder’ station. Wenrich said creation of the play area would “bring new life to this space” on Payrow Plaza. City of Bethlehem health director Kristen Wenrich touches up the ‘fitness agility ladder’ station. Wenrich said creation of the play area would “bring new life to this space” on Payrow Plaza.
Sherri Penchishen, the city’s director of chronic disease programs, paints the ‘caterpillar hopscotch’ component of the play area. Penchishen said the entire project, which cost $6,000, was paid for by grant money from the Pa. Department of Health. Sherri Penchishen, the city’s director of chronic disease programs, paints the ‘caterpillar hopscotch’ component of the play area. Penchishen said the entire project, which cost $6,000, was paid for by grant money from the Pa. Department of Health.
Bright paint colors were selected to make the play space appealing to children. Bright paint colors were selected to make the play space appealing to children.
This play station encourages the physical activity of jumping jacks. This play station encourages the physical activity of jumping jacks.
A brightly colored ‘alphabet snake’ will encourage learning. A brightly colored ‘alphabet snake’ will encourage learning.
press photos by dana grubbSimilar to a circuit training course, the new Payrow Plaza play area has a number of activity and learning stations. press photos by dana grubbSimilar to a circuit training course, the new Payrow Plaza play area has a number of activity and learning stations.

Payrow Plaza plots place to play

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by Dana Grubb Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The city of Bethlehem has introduced a new play area for children at the city center. It is located on Payrow Plaza between the stairs and south wall and was installed Aug. 27. Health director Kristen Wenrich said the location was underutilized and that the play area, which is stenciled onto the existing paver surface, will provide an activity and learning circuit. Wenrich and chronic disease director Sherri Penchishen led a team of city employees in first laying out the design and then painting the stencil- based activity stations. According to Penchishen, the $6,000 project, which is funded using chronic disease grant, has been in the works for several years.