Playground to enhance family well-being
LONDON, ON, July 27, 2013 /CNW/ - A dream is now a reality for children
in London as their drawings were turned into a new playground today. In
less than eight hours, the play space was built at Boler Mountain with
the help of more than 200 volunteers from ForestersTM, Boler Mountain and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground will serve
40,000 children and their families in the community every year.
"Foresters believes in providing opportunities for families to spend
quality time together," said David Hutchinson, Foresters National Sales
Director. "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
neighbourhood to get together."
Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in June
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
"To partner with two organizations that have a similar objective to ours
of giving kids a great outdoor experience, has been fantastic for Boler
Mountain and our community" said John Kennedy, President of Boler
Mountain. "We welcome the opportunity to give the community a place to
meet and play because it's truly the play that keeps us all active and
young whether it's the young children playing or the grandparents
bringing the children and playing with them."
Thanks to the work of Foresters, Boler Mountain and KaBOOM!, children
and their families now have a 2,500 square-foot playground to call home
that includes features such as Swings, a Glide Slide and a Rockblocks
A passionate advocate for family well-being, Foresters recently launched
the Tech Timeout™ challenge, which encourages families to take a pledge
to turn off all electronic devices for an hour a day for one week. For
more details, visit techtimeout.com.
About Boler Mountain
Boler Mountain is a not for profit organization serving Southwestern
Ontario. It is a community resource situated amongst a large
residential neighbourhood in west London. It is governed by a dedicated
volunteer Board of Directors. Boler strives to provide a safe, fun
outdoor recreational facility to help promote a healthy, active
lifestyle. Long providing winter skiing, snowboarding and tubing, it
has recently been enhanced with mountain biking, fitness trails and a
new Treetop Adventure Park.
Foresters™ is a life insurance provider with a difference. The
fraternal benefit society, founded in 1874, supports family well-being
through quality products, unique member benefits and inspiring
community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with over
one million members in Canada, the United States and the United
Kingdom. For more information, visit 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.
Tech Timeout and the Tech Timeout logo are trademarks of The Independent
Order of Foresters.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the
childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most.
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. Social entrepreneur
Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C.
with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance
of every child in America because children need to play actively every
day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM!
has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300
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!: A Movement to Save Play, now out in paperback. 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 an office in San Mateo, Calif. For more information,
For further information:
Greg Strauss, Boler Mountain, 519-657-8822 ext 222, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Ganogiannis, Foresters, 800-461-8431, ext. 4096, email@example.com
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM!, 785-320-2137, firstname.lastname@example.org