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Foresters, KaBOOM! & Volunteers Revitalize San Diego Community With A New Playground At The Salvation Army Kroc Center

Playground to enhance family well-being

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - A dream is now a reality for children in San Diego as their drawings were turned into a new playground today. In less than eight hours, the play space was built with the help of more than 200 volunteers from Foresters TM, The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground at The Salvation Army Kroc Center 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 August when local children and community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters to design their dream playground at The Salvation Army Kroc Center. The children's drawings were then used to create 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.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center is thrilled to work with KaBOOM! and Foresters to build a fun, creative and engaging program designed by the community for the community. The center offers a variety of fun programs to kids of all ages, but as Operations Director Clarissa Glasco says, "We just need a place for families can go and gather around and play - especially for the younger children."

Thanks to the work of Foresters, The Salvation Army Kroc Center and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,730 square-foot playground to call home that includes features such as swings, a play cabana, dual slides, and more!

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