Child-Designed Playground will Serve 7,500 Children and their Families
SAN ANTONIO, TX, Nov. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - Children in San Antonio received a
brand new playground today thanks to the effort of more than 200
volunteers from ForestersTM, a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of families, San
Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, the Salado Creek Foundation
and non-profit KaBOOM! The new playground will serve 7,500 children
and their families in the local community for years to come. 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. The children's drawings
were then used to create the final playground design.
"Foresters shares its financial strength with its members and
communities where they live, such as San Antonio," said Bruce Burak,
Foresters National Sales Manager. "Playgrounds are an ideal place for
families to get to know other families and build strong communities.
This new playground at Mendoza Park will provide opportunities for
families to spend quality time together for years to come."
Since 2006, Foresters has invested over $7 million with KaBOOM! and
built or planned almost 100 playgrounds 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 the 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
The playground at Mendoza Park will provide 7,500 children and their
families in the local community with a great place to play and engage
in healthy family time. In less than eight hours, the child-designed
playground was built from scratch by hundreds of volunteers from
Foresters, San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, the Salado
Creek Foundation and the surrounding community. In addition, children
and families spent the day playing games and participating in arts and
"We are grateful to our partners, Foresters, the Salado Creek
Foundation, and KaBOOM! and the volunteers for their efforts in making
this new playground possible," said Parks and Recreation Department
Director Xavier Urrutia. "It's a great enhancement to Mendoza Park,
giving families in this area access to new recreational opportunities.
Children will enjoy it for many years to come."
About the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department
The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department operates the City of San
Antonio's recreational and cultural programs and maintains 234
City-owned parks including swimming pools, gymnasiums, sports
facilities, recreation centers and the Botanical Garden and
Conservatory. The department is responsible for the maintenance of more
than 14,000 acres of park land. Its mission is to provide exceptional
parks, facilities, programs and services to improve the quality of life
for all. Matthew Mendoza Park, formerly Hillje Park, was named in 2010
for U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Matthew Mendoza, who died in combat in 2008
Founded in 1874 as a fraternal benefit society, Foresters™ champions the
well-being of families through quality life insurance, unique member
benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its
financial strength with more than 835,000 members in the United States,
Canada and the United Kingdom. Unity Life of Canada¹, a wholly owned
subsidiary of Foresters, represents Foresters in Canada. For more
information, please visit www.foresters.com.
Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of
Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto,
Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.
¹Unity Life of Canada, a Foresters company, is a wholly owned subsidiary
of The Independent Order of Foresters
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children
today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a
fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health,
achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this Play Deficit,
social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! 15 years
ago in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play
within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM!
has mapped over 85,000 places to play, built more than 2,000
playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds
of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with
online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a
local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the
organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to
save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support
KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in
Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
For further information:
Kelly Irvin, San Antonio Parks & Recreation, 210-207-6122, Kelly.Irvin@sanantonio.gov
Ryan Jones, Foresters, 1-800-461-8431 x4096, email@example.com
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM!, 785-320-2137, firstname.lastname@example.org