City partnerships

Working with cities to increase play infrastructure for kids in under-invested neighborhoods

Addressing cities' challenges using our signature community build model

KaBOOM! works with municipal agencies to transform underused open spaces, parks and existing playgrounds into safe, fun and beautiful spaces for kids and their families to recreate and gather. We forge multi-year partnerships with public housing systems, city planning departments, school districts, and other local government organizations.

For example, KaBOOM! is currently working in partnership with both the City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Department and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City to create great, safe places to play just steps away from where kids live. By engaging residents— both kids and adults— in the playground planning and build process, we help city agencies ensure that their residents get the great playspaces they deserve.

KaBOOM! is also partnering with the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, Detroit Public Schools Community District, the City of Baltimore's South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, the City of Boston's Mayor’s Office, Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development and the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

How we work with cities

As part of a multi-year, multi-site partnership, KaBOOM! works with city agencies to address challenges in education, youth engagement, and neighborhood revitalization using our signature community build model. Our team builds relationships with municipal leaders to assess playspace needs and identify priority sites that will both aid each city’s particular priorities and create new or improved playspaces, including playgrounds, multi-sport courts, temporary play installations, or mobile play opportunities where kids can most benefit.

We leverage our extensive fundraising expertise to drive investment into prioritized neighborhoods and facilitate community engagement for kids, teens and community members. Our process culminates in a high-energy volunteer playground build day with over 200 volunteers that is planned and led by members of the community.

In the last year, KaBOOM! has extended our expertise to raise over $1.5 million dollars of investment in playspaces, specifically in partnership with city agencies across an array of cities, including Detroit, Baltimore, Boston, and Los Angeles.

Past initiatives

Playful City USA
Playful City USA was a recognition program that honor cities and towns that ensured that kids, particularly kids from low-income families, were getting the balanced and active play they need to thrive.

Joint use
Our toolkit shares case studies and offers guidelines and templates for communities looking to expend their access to school recreational facilities.