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Playground to enhance family well-beingCHARLOTTE, NC,
Oct. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - A dream is now a reality for children in
Charlotte as their ideas and drawings were turned into a new playground today. In less than eight hours, the play space was built at Reid Park Playground with the help of more than 200 volunteers from Foresters
TM, the Reid Park Neighborhood Association, Habitat Charlotte and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground will serve 8,250 children and their families in the community for years to come.
"Foresters believes in providing opportunities for families to spend quality time together," said
Bruce Burak, National Sales Manager US Sales, Foresters. "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 August when
Reid Park children and community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters to design their dream playground. The children's drawings were then used to inspire the final playground design.
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.
Thanks to the work of Foresters, the Reid Park Neighborhood Association, Habitat Charlotte and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,500 square-foot playground to call home that includes features such as a Triple Racer Slide, Rockblocks Climbing Wall and a Tic-Tac-Toe Activity wall.