Playground to enhance family well-being
SAN ANTONIO, TX, Sept. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - A dream is now a reality for children in San Antonio as their drawings were turned into a new playground today. In less than eight hours, the play space was built at Carver Branch Library with the help of more than 200 volunteers from Foresters TM, the San Antonio Public Library, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground will serve 24,000 children and their families in the community for years to come.
"We at Foresters believe 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 July 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. "The Carver KaBOOM! Playground is an exciting project that enhances the library campus and encourages our kids to engage in healthy play," said District 2 Councilwoman Ivy R. Taylor. 'We look forward to continuing the relationship with Foresters in an effort to better serve children and families in the area." "I am excited about the opportunity to work with Foresters, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation department, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, and especially, Councilwoman Ivy R. Taylor, to bring a KaBOOM! Playground to the children and families who call the Carver Branch Library their own," said Library Director, Ramiro S. Salazar. 'Projects like these are so important to the fundamental physical and social development of our children." "We are pleased to join with the San Antonio Public Library in partnership with KaBOOM! to build a playground that will be enjoyed by many children in the years to come," said Parks and Recreation Department Director Xavier Urrutia. "We also offer our thanks to the volunteers who are stepping up to make this play opportunity possible. It's truly a team effort." Thanks to the work of Foresters, the San Antonio Public Library, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,400 square-foot playground to call home that includes features such as multi-functional panels for younger children ages 2-5, both infant and ADA-compliant swings, and an entire area dedicated to children ages 5-12.