KABOOM! unites with communities to build kid-designed playspaces.
Our Kids' Futures are Connected to the Spaces Where They Gather, Learn, and Play
Decades of research show that play promotes physical, social, and emotional health. Play also builds resilience and enhances learning.
Yet, too many cities, school districts, park systems, and neighborhoods face inequitable access to dedicated spaces that are intentionally designed to spark these outcomes for kids.
That's why we help communities build spaces for kids to play.
That's why we work to end playspace inequity.
KABOOM! Playspaces Are Built in Partnership with Child-Serving Nonprofits and Municipal Agencies.
We believe in the power of community to unify, heal, and rebuild. So our community engagement model ensures every playspace we build leads to the outcomes defined by our community partners.
We do this by working hand-in-hand with a community's kids and adults to design, plan, and then build a new community playspace.
Why Community Engagement Matters
KABOOM! has unmatched expertise in playspace infrastructure, informed by the experience from 25+ years and 17,000+ building or improving playspaces that were community-designed, and developing technical and strategic partnerships to engage communities.
That community engagement is key to our process. Community engagement is about building relationships, fostering trust, and creating collaboration between KABOOM! and the people that will design, plan, build, and long-term, maintain the playspace — our Community Partners.
Partnerships That Create Long-Lasting Benefits
By building trust and collaborating with our Community Partners, together we create playgrounds and playspaces that create long-lasting benefits, including:
Our model of community engagement fosters cohesion, pride, and leadership capacity. It leads to the community's increased usage of a playspace and their vested interest in the long-term maintenance of the playspace.
Most importantly, it creates an amazing place for kids and families to play.
Community Engagement Process
KABOOM! ensures each playspace we build leads to community-defined outcomes. To do that, we've designed an engagement process which puts community members in a position of power and centers their priorities, assets, needs, and desires.
We utilize a community-engagement model defined by four phases.
KABOOM! Needs Your Help
KABOOM! fosters strong partnerships at the local, national, and regional levels across sectors — including with foundations, corporations, municipalities, city leaders, schools, parks, housing, youth and community serving organizations — to direct resources to communities that lack access to quality playspaces.
Become a Community Partner
Our work is community-driven; which means that our projects seek to build trusting relationships, center community voices, and engage diverse stakeholders. We do this by working hand-in-hand with your kids and adults to design, plan for, and build your community playspace.