May 04, 2010

All in a week's work at KaBOOM!

Not to toot our own horn, but over the past 14 years, KaBOOM! has helped save play for an estimated 3,416,000 kids. With a busy week of playground builds ahead, we’ll soon be increasing that number by 3,700! Six communities will be chipping in their time, advice, heart, money, and sweat equity to provide local families with a shiny new place to play:

Tuesday, May 4

The City of Daly City and Daly City Partnership are helping to mobilize the community around this playground build at Westlake Park in California. The playground will serve more than 850 children who have only had old, outdated equipment to play on at the park. This is our fifth build with 4-H National Headquarters in conjunction with its annual CYFAR conference (Children, Youth and Families at Risk).

Thursday, May 6

This playground in Covina, Calif. will serve more than 250 children who attend the Arrow Community Center, which previously had no playground equipment. This is the third of 10 builds this year with Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

Friday, May 7

In Houston, Texas, Kenneth D. Partner Black Elementary school is working with us to revamp their playground for the over 900 kids who attend the school. This is yet another build funded by Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

On the same day, in the same state, we’re partnering with the Fort Worth Independent School District to build a playground for more than 500 children at West Handley Elementary school.

Saturday, May 8

In Chicago, the St. John de la Salle Catholic Academy will be putting volunteers to work to build its first playground. To date, its 200 students have had only an asphalt blacktop to play on.

And finally, further south, in Orlando, Fla.—a Playful City USA community—the Walt Disney World Clubhouse of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida are mobilizing volunteers to help provide a playground for the over 1,000 children who attend the Club annually.

What a week! Keep an eye out for updates on these builds on Twitter.

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