October 02, 2009

Today in Play: Sixth grader saves park

PlaygroundI find it's always nice to start your Friday with an uplifting story, so try this on for size: a sixth-grader in Corpus Christi, Texas was able to get her local government to spruce up her park and put in new equipment.

Yep, you read correctly - a sixth-grader. It goes to show how much one small action can do! She saw her local park in disrepair; what little equipment was left was rotted. She asked her dad why other parks in town were so much nicer. He suggested she write to their parks and recreation department, which she did.

And lo and behold...they put that park next on their list for improvements, and they even asked her to be involved in choosing the new equipment colors and layout.

Now granted, not all park improvements come this easily...but it's nice to know sometimes all you need to do is ask for change, and it's great to see a story where someone so young cared enough to take action. You can read more here (Corpus Christi Caller).

In other news, KaBOOM! and Play Days have been all over the news lately. Check it out!

KaBOOM! Playground Builds
Several builds have popped up in multiple news outlets lately. A recent build with The Home Depot in Syracuse, N.Y. garnered the attention of the Syracuse Post-Standard, News 10 (complete with video), and WHAM (also with video).

In nearby New York City, volunteers from JetBlue helped build a playground for foster kids. The local CBS affiliate covered the story, as did the New York Post and the Queens Courier. Oh, and you can check out photos from the day here.

And have you ever wondered what it's like to build a playground with an NFL team and their cheerleaders? You can find out by reading the Indianapolis Star, the story on WIBC, or Colts.com.

Finally, you can hear a bit of chatter in the blogoverse about an upcoming playground build we're doing with a certain country music star. Head on over to Music Row and Country Music Tattle Tale for more details. 

Love for Play Days
Here are some writeups on local Play Days! And if you haven't had a chance yet...be sure to check out the awesome photos that have been rolling in from Play Days across the country!
Idaho Press-Tribune
Moultrie (Ga.) Observer
Day Nursery Indianapolis Early Edition
McDuffie (Ga.) Mirror
Shirley (Mass.) Sentinel and Enterprise
Commercial Appeal
Takoma Park Gazette
Tucson (Ariz.) Daily Star

"Today in Play" is a regular feature on the KaBOOM! blog, featuring the latest news on play and KaBOOM! media mentions.