As we say at KaBOOM!, "it starts with a playground." Here are some of the amazing things that can happen after the cement dries.
Julio Salcedo, site director for Lytle Creek Park, in San Bernadino, Calif. shared with KaBOOM! the amazing ripple effects brought about by their playground build on March 29 as part of the Cesar Chavez Day of Service.
- The plots in the community garden created on Build Day have all been adopted by families, who have planted a variety of vegetables and fruit trees.
- The teenagers involved in the build have formed a community service club, and they take care of the plants around the center and are working on creating a walking path in the area.
- Attendance at the community center near the playground is off the charts! They used to feed lunch to 25 kids a day, and now they have to order 70 lunches each day for the kids. They used to serve 40 to 50 people visit on an average day, and now the numbers are closer to 120.
- Even more amazingly, the very first Lytle Creek Community Association meeting is scheduled to take place on May 21, and will include reps from the sheriff's department, code enforcement, health and human services, and animal services.