The Colorado Health Foundation and KABOOM! believe that keeping equity at the heart of their work leads to better health.
The Colorado Health Foundation and KABOOM! have partnered together since 2013 to create more than 20 custom playspaces in rural communities across Colorado. The Foundation believes that keeping equity at the heart of their work leads to better health, which aligns with the vision of KABOOM! to ensure that all kids and communities have equitable access to play.
Play is essential to a kid's physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, but too often these benefits are out of reach because access to play can be determined by factors like zip code or family income. Our partnership is committed to helping address these disparities so that every kid in Colorado can reap the benefits of play.
Over the past five years, several Colorado community organizations have received playspace grants from the Foundation and KABOOM!, resulting in 20 places where kids can explore, learn and grow.
Many rural communities in Colorado face budgetary challenges which result in limited access to playspaces. Through the Foundation and KABOOM! partnership, kids and adults are getting more opportunities to play, allowing them to lead healthier and more active lives. Part of the beauty of this partnership is that each community is able to select the playspace that will best address their unique needs, be it playgrounds reaching kids 2-12 or Adventure Courses that bring fun and challenging play opportunities to kids ages 13 and older.
Read our case study for a detailed look at how our partnership provided opportunities to create equitable and safe playspaces in rural Colorado communities.
For more information, visit coloradohealth.org.
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