Independence Health Department
Thanks to a variety of newly-installed components of play, a dreary community center has become an interactive and playful hub for kids. In Independence, Missouri, the Independence Health Department (IHD) has partnered with Hawthorne Place Apartments (HPA) to bring play opportunities to their onsite David Stanley Community Center (DSCC).
About the project
The DSCC is a busy place, and offers multiple resources to assist and connect residents with social services that meet their social and economic needs. The resources include a food pantry, childcare facility, health fairs, immunizations and training classes. While the Center had lots to offer for adults, the kids who usually accompanied them often found themselves with nothing to do. Now, the Center offers:
- A bookshelf, reading rug and monthly, interactive story time.
- A "fun mirror" with fruit and vegetable magnets, along with supplemental nutrition pamphlets for parents.
- A large activity wall that is vivid and colorful, encouraging kids to simultaneously play and learn while their parents are receiving services.
- A fun and colorful mural and hop-scotch to promote physical activity.
Instead of sleeping or being sedentary while their parents were busy working, kids now have the option to read books or play on a fun rug. Thanks to this project, the kids in the community now have access to new and creative playspaces that were not previously available.