Volunteers to build city playground
by Courtney Warren
Mar 28, 2014 | 4799 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 200 volunteers will gather in Ruleville to build a playground on April 12, within six and a half hours through a partnership with KaBoom!, the city, North Sunflower Medical Clinic and Good Neighbor Pharmacy.

KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American children living in poverty, get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults.

KaBOOM! has been a powerful champion for play since its founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve and open more than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers and serve more than 6,600,000 children.

KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great places to play, inspires, empowers and leads play advocates, and educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of play in children’s lives.

The event will begin 8:30 a.m. with a kick-off ceremony and construction will begin at 11 a.m. with the final construction phase beginning at 1 p.m. and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

The park will be placed on the lot across from the basketball courts in Ward 1 at 222 S. Front St.

"The only power tools on a KaBOOM! project are drills. Everything is created with peoplepower. From the teams that mix cement and moves mulch to the crews that construct the component pieces, all of the volunteers are wholly engaged in an effort to give the kids in Ruleville the childhood they deserve," said Alyssa Ross, coordinator of communications for KaBoom!.

Ross said this playground is important because children will have a safer way to access a play to play.

"Society’s well-being begins with a child’s well-being, and play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. KaBOOM! seeks to accelerate efforts that move every kid in America to play every day—in their homes, schools and neighborhoods. There are no playspaces for children in the Southwest end of town. Currently, the children in Ward 1 have to cross a major highway to get to a playground. This one will allow more access to a safe playspace," she said.

This playground will be the fourth built by Good Neighbor Pharmacy and KaBOOM! for Ruleville and Ross also said it has many benefits because of the transformation recreation allows.

"A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, a friend-maker, and a muscle-builder. Play has the power to transform kids from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active.

“This will be the 2,429th playground that KaBOOM! has organized since its inception in 1996. Ruleville children came together at a special Design Day event in February to share drawings of their dream playgrounds. The adults on the planning committee reviewed their drawings, which inspired the final design," she said.