May 11, 2011

Five amazing communities win $15,000 Let's Play playground grants!

The results are in! We received nearly 120 entries for our nationwide video contest, which was sponsored by Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. After selecting 10 finalists, we asked communities to compete for votes in an interactive voting competition, with the top five winning a $15,000 playground equipment grant.

For the last 20 days, finalists have been working hard to mobilize their communities and get out the vote. We've blown away by the response and commend all the entrants and finalists for their commitment to creating a great place to play.

And now, a hearty congratulations to our five winners:

A M Waddington Elementary serves Riverside, Rhodes Island, a tight-knit community within the city of East Providence. Currently, their only play equipment consists of a triple pull-up bar and some basketball hoops.


Capitol Hill Elementary is located in Southwest Portland, Oregon, and serves more than 350 students. Their grant will go towards a playground so their children aren’t confined to playing asphalt games.


Dunbar Intermediate School is housed in what used to be a middle school, but when the school board consolidated schools, the third, fourth and fifth graders who came to the school had to nowhere to play. 


O.K. Ward Park (Brooklyn's Playground) is a public playground in Pocatello, Idaho that residents want to make “all inclusive” so that handicapped children can have a place to play. Residents supporting a little girl named Brooklyn Fisher, who has spina bifida came out in force to support the project.


Martha Lake Elementary in Lynnwood, Washington has to remove their old playground because of safety concerns, but had no money to replace the outdated equipment.

See all the finalists here.

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