From the Wires
Foresters, KaBOOM! & Volunteers Revitalize Tampa Community with New Playground
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 3, 2012 03:01 PM
Playground to enhance family well-being
TAMPA, FL, Nov. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - A dream is now a reality for children in Tampa as their drawings were turned into a new playground today. In less than eight hours, the play space was built at Temple Crest Park with the help of more than 200 volunteers from ForestersTM, the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, Friends of Tampa Recreation and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground will serve thousands of children and their families in the community for years to come.
"Foresters believes in providing opportunities for families to spend quality time together," said Kasia Czarski, Foresters Senior Vice President, Chief Membership and Marketing Officer. "A playground is an important piece for the revitalization of a community. Not only does it provide a first step towards keeping children healthy, but it's a safe, central location for the entire neighborhood to get together."
Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in September when local children and community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters to design their dream playground. The children's drawings were then used to create the final playground design.
"Working with KaBOOM!, Foresters and the Friends of Tampa Recreation Inc., to provide a community built playground at Temple Crest is more than rewarding. As past successes with KaBOOM! have time and again proven it is closer to magical for the park builders that day and especially to the youth who will use the great new playground, said Greg Bayor, Director of the City Tampa Parks and Recreation Department
Since 2006, Foresters has invested over $7 million with KaBOOM! with almost 100 playgrounds built or planned across the U.S. and Canada. Over their 15 year lifespan, these playgrounds will provide more than 2.6 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend quality time together. Foresters is a KaBOOM! National Partner and a founding member of the KaBOOM! Leadership Circle - a group of organizations providing long-term guidance and support to KaBOOM! and its mission.
"Every child deserves a really cool place where they can play. The Friends of Tampa Recreation, Inc. is committed to helping create those spaces in Tampa and we are pleased to sponsor our fifth playground build with KaBOOM! and the City of Tampa," said Mark Downing, Chair, Friends of Tampa Recreation, Inc.
Thanks to the work of Foresters, the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, Friends of Tampa Recreation and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,500 square-foot playground to call home that includes features such as a Glide Slide, Spiral Climber and Vertical Adventure Tube.
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Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.
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