August 13, 2009

Staking Your Claim to Play: The KaBOOM! Project Planner

A playground in serious need of a facelift. A vacant lot. A school with no playspace. An underused park in need of benches and a good spruce-up. A community with no access to a place to garden. A mile of overgrown trail where families once rode their bikes.

Look around you. What do you see in your community? (Or perhaps, NOT see!) Are there enough safe places for kids to play? Are there natural areas that are underused - just begging to hear the laughter of children as they discover the wonders of nature? Do you rarely see kids outside playing, unless it is on the soccer field or baseball diamond? Do you miss the sights and sounds of good, old-fashioned outdoor play?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, are you willing to be a force for change in your community? To help create a vibrant playspace that will benefit the children and adults of your area and help bring families together?

KaBOOM! can help. Based on over a decade of experience with building playgrounds and grassroots community building, KaBOOM! has created the Project Planner to help communities, no matter how large or small, create and revive playspaces. The Planner offers step-by-step actions and a wide range of resources to help you plan a successful project. You will also find a supportive online community of KaBOOM! professionals and playspace builders just like you to offer support and guidance along the way.

So what are you waiting for? Help bring play back to the lives of children in your area and a sense of pride to your community. Visit the Project Planner today, joining thousands of people like you across the country that are making room for play.

Bethe Almeras writes The Grass Stain Guru, a blog about restoring childhood, and saving ourselves in the process. She is the DIY Online Community/Communications Manager for KaBOOM!.

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