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Foresters, KaBOOM! & Volunteers Revitalize Northeast Houston Community With New Playground

Playground to enhance family well-being

HOUSTON, TX, April 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - A dream is now a reality for children in Northeast Houston as their drawings were turned into a new playground today. In less than eight hours, the play space was built at the Trinity Gardens housing community with the help of more than 200 volunteers from Foresters™, Greater Houston Development, Inc. and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground will serve 12,915 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, Foresters National Sales Manager US Sales. "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 February 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.

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.

"We are extremely grateful for this partnership and the opportunity to provide a safe and accessible place to play for the children of this great, but underserved community," said Larry W. Prince, Chair, Greater Houston Development, Inc.

Thanks to the work of Foresters, Greater Houston Development, Inc. and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,550 square-foot playground to call home that includes features such as a Slither Slide, Rockblocks Climbing Wall and Swingsets.

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