Responding to COVID-19
KABOOM! statement on Coronavirus
We are periodically updating this page with the latest news and updates on how COVID-19 has affected our work. Please check back regularly for up-to-date information. Last updated on 4/7/2020.
The health and safety of kids and their families, along with the entire KABOOM! community of staff and partners is our top priority. As an organization that upholds community as a core value, we are remaining vigilant in monitoring the latest COVID-19 safety guidelines from local, national and global health authorities.
We are committed to the work ahead of us and will continue developing the best plan of action for each of our upcoming community playspace projects. KABOOM! has kept in close communication with our partners as we consider how to best update schedules, travel plans and safety procedures in the interest of public health.
Our thoughts are with those impacted by the coronavirus all across the globe, and we hope that all of you are staying healthy, safe, and informed during this rapidly-evolving health crisis.
As always, we appreciate your continued support and remain committed to ensuring that every kid has access to high-quality playspaces. We can’t wait to get back to teaming up with communities to build inspiring places to play, for every kid in every community.
Is it safe to be on a playground right now?
Families should heed the guidance of public health officials and the orders of state and local governments to stay off of public playgrounds in order to keep your family safe and to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In all contexts, we encourage families to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on staying safe and reducing the chances of spreading the disease.
Some local and state governements have begun closing parks, playgrounds and trails to better enforce social distancing guidelines. Please review and comply with any local or state calls for safe use or disuse of public recreation spaces.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has published a simple visual guide for social distancing in parks and trails.
- Do not use parks or tails if you are exhibiting symptons.
- Follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trails.
- Be prepared for limited access to public restroooms or water fountains.
- Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass.
- Observe CDC's minimum reccommended social distancing of six feet from other persons at all times.
Do you have tips for how I can entertain and engage my kids during this time?
Here are some resources you can use to help your family from some play and child development experts:
How should we properly clean our community's playground equipment?
Our Partner in Play, Landscape Structures provides the following guidance for cleaning and disinfecting their playground equipment:
- Use a non-bleach (non-sodium hypochlorite) disinfectant for best compatibility with Landscape Structures materials
- Focus on high-touch areas such as handholds, slide transition areas, swing chains, rung ladders and climbers
- Always follow the disinfectant manufacturer’s recommendations for concentration, application method and contact time
Additionally, the links below provide specific guidance on cleaning and disinfecting from the CDC and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
What resources do you have that can help my community make decisions about our parks and playgrounds?
The NRPA has released a "parks snapshot", based on survey data, that might help you, your community or agency make decisions about closing your parks and playgrounds, and how to communicate that message to visitors.
Here are some quick results from the 4/3/2020 snapshot, but we encourage you to read the full survey results.
- 91% of park and recreation agencies reported closing their playgrounds
- 74% are keeping their neighborhood parks open
- 81% are using signage to promote physical and social distancing through signage
- 63% are developing virtual programming across various video, streaming, and social platforms to engage families, and promote self-care and well-being tips