The Binghamton University Neighborhood Project hosts neighborhood empowerment and play symposium and workshop


BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton University Neighborhood Project will host the “Empowering Neighborhoods and Restoring Outdoor Play” workshop and symposium at the University Downtown Center. The hands-on workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, September 18, with the symposium scheduled to take place from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, September 19. Both events are free and open to the public.

Both the workshop and symposium will explore the importance of finding opportunities for children to engage in self-directed outdoor play experiences, particularly in today’s bustling and fast-paced world. In previous generations, kids were able to run around in mixed-age groups, creating their own entertainment, solving their own problems and negotiating their own relationships with minimal supervision by adults. Modern science is showing that this kind of play is important for child development and that highly scripted activities supervised by adults do not provide the same benefits.

Sponsored by the Binghamton Neighborhood Project, the City of Binghamton and the United Way of Broome County, the workshop will bring together leading scientists and practitioners to create a blueprint for restoring neighborhoods and creating ideal environments for child development. The blueprint will be presented to the public at Sunday’s symposium. Admission is free but attendees are asked to contact Robert Kadar at to reserve a spot. A lunch option is available for $10.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Benner at or 607-777-7322.

Last Updated: 9/17/13