March 05, 2009

Orlando Magic players help build playground

Today, more than 300 volunteers from the Orlando Magic, the City of Orlando and Orlando Community and Trust, Inc., organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Parramore community joined forces to build a new, safe playground at the John H. Jackson Community Center! The new playground’s design is based on drawings provided by children who attended a Design Day event in January.

The new playground will provide hundreds of children in Parramore with a safe place to play. Before the playground was built, the children could only play sports on the athletic fields or engage in indoor activities at the John H. Jackson Community Center. The addition of this playground provides an additional form of play within a reasonable distance for this walking-oriented community.

Fun facts:

  1. The City of Orlando was named a Playful City USA community by KaBOOM! in honor of its innovative efforts in making play a priority for local children.
  2. The playspace is the third built by KaBOOM! and the Magic, and one of more than 200 KaBOOM! will lead across the country this year in an effort to provide a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

Check out the USA Today article on the event. We'll be posting photos from the day in our photo galleries soon, but in the meantime, for more fun pictures and commentary on the day, check out Twitter user vshade.

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