"Nothing is usually going on in this city. Now something has actually happened! People are asking, 'What’s next?'"
That's what someone said about the playground built in East St. Louis, Ill. with the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group this past May.
"Something positive happened and now there is momentum to do more!" said another person.
As we say at KaBOOM!, it starts with a playground. And we really do mean that. Once the playground is built, that's only the beginning of the amazing stuff that can happen in a community. We know countless people who have been so inspired by the process that they just can't wait to see what other great things they can do to make their community better.
One of those people is Irma Golliday, executive director of the East St. Louis Park District. She said the playground building process taught her so much about managing people that she's continued to use that model to organize other things in the community. She said that with her renewed energy and the energy in the community, she is taking on improving other parts of the parks, and they plan to find a way to redo the basketball courts and a small version of a baseball field.
What's inspired you to take action in your community?
Inspiration Monday is a regular KaBOOM! blog feature.