Child-Designed Playground will Eventually Serve 26,000 Children and
GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, April 30 /CNW/ - Children in Grand Prairie 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,
Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation, Grand Prairie Boys Baseball and
non-profit KaBOOM! The new playground will serve 26,000 children and
their families in the Grand Prairie community for years to come.
Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in March
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 Grand Prairie," said Bob Pashby,
National Sales Manager. "Playgrounds are an ideal place for families to
get to know other families and build strong communities. This new
playground at Prairie Park will provide opportunities for families to
spend quality time together for years to come."
Foresters has invested over $3 million with KaBOOM! to build 36
playgrounds across North America since 2006. These playgrounds will
eventually serve more than 575,000 children, providing them and their
families with a place where they can play, learn and have fun together.
"We understand the importance of play, said Rick Herold, Grand Prairie's
Director of Parks & Recreation. "And, we're very excited to work with
Foresters, KaBOOM!, and Grand Prairie Boys Baseball to provide the
community another opportunity for kids and families to enjoy the
outdoors, stay active, and have fun."
The playground at Prairie Park will provide 26,000 children and their
families in the Grand Prairie 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, Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation, Grand
Prairie Boys Baseball and the surrounding community. In addition,
children and families spent the day playing games and participating in
arts and crafts activities.
"We're very excited to partner with The City of Grand Prairie on this
project," said Gene Campbell, President of Grand Prairie Boys Baseball.
"We genuinely care about the development of healthy, active and
responsible youth in Grand Prairie. And we believe that projects like
this will enhance the quality of life of the families in our
Thanks to the work of Foresters, Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation,
Grand Prairie Boys Baseball and KaBOOM!, children and their families
now have a 2,500 square-foot playground to call home that includes
features such as a Glide Slide, Spiral Climber and Swing Sets.
About Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation
Celebrating over 50 years of existence, the national award-winning Grand
Prairie Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to "creating a
GRAND lifestyle". The department has over 5,000 park acres, including
more than 3,000 acres surrounding Joe Pool Lake, two nationally
recognized golf courses, conference center, recreation facilities &
pools, trails, dog park, skate park, cemetery, and a historic downtown
theater. Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation is also the home of one of
the top Christmas light park attractions in America, Prairie Lights.
Dedicated to providing "world class service" the department recently
won the highly prestigious Gold Medal Award from the National
Recreation & Park Society.
For more information, visit www.GrandFunGP.com
About Grand Prairie Boys Baseball
Grand Prairie Boys Baseball, Inc. (GPBBI) was established in 1952 and to
this date continues to provide the youths of this area, regardless of
race, color or creed, the opportunity to participate in a controlled
athletic competition; to instill the belief of fair play, good conduct,
and sportsmanship at all times; to promote a common interest and
tolerance among youths; to encourage adults to behave in an exemplary
manner when supervising youths; and to keep the welfare of youths
foremost and free from any adult compulsion for power and glory. GPBBI
offers a spring league and a fall league with two levels of baseball,
the recreation division (A) and the select division (AA). Grand Prairie
Boys Baseball, Inc. has partnered with the Parks and Recreation
Department for this playground build with our organizational goals are
to provide opportunities for the youths of Grand Prairie and a
playground fills a void in many neighborhoods for fun and play.
Founded in 1874 as a fraternal benefit society, ForestersTM 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 835,000ˆ members in the
United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Unity Life of Canada‡, a wholly owned subsidiary of Foresters, represents Foresters in
Canada. For more information, please visit www.foresters.com.
ForestersTM is a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal
benefit society, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9.
ˆIncludes total number of UK Child Trust accounts
‡ Unity 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. Because all
children deserve to be active and healthy, KaBOOM! works to ensure that
every child in America has a great place to play within walking
distance. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build
model to bring together businesses and communities to construct more
than 1,900 new places to play across North America. KaBOOM! also fights
the Play Deficit with online tools that empower communities to join the
movement to save play. The KaBOOM! website, kaboom.org, allows communities to self-organize and take action to support play on
a both a local and national level.
For further information:
Kelly Eddlemon, City of Grand Prairie, 972-237-8339, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gene Campbell, Grand Prairie Boys Baseball, email@example.com
Ryan Jones, Foresters, 1-800-461-8431 x4096. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM!, 785-320-2137, email@example.com