Playground to enhance family well-being
COLUMBIA, Nov. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - A dream is now a reality for children in
Columbia as their drawings were turned into a new playground today. In
less than eight hours, the play space was built at the Bayberry Mews
housing development with the help of more than 200 volunteers from
Foresters™, the Columbia Housing Authority Developments, Inc. and
non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground will serve 13,500 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
September 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
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
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with KaBOOM and
Foresters on this exciting project," said CHAD Executive Director,
Gilbert Walker. "Improving the neighborhood and giving the children who
live there a safe place to play has been a priority for us since we
acquired the property over a year ago."
Thanks to the work of Foresters, the Columbia Housing Authority
Developments, Inc. and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a
2,500 square-foot playground to call home that includes features such
as a Rockblocks Climbing Wall, Inclined Cliff Hanger and 360 Degree
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 Columbia Housing Authority Developments, Inc.
The Columbia Housing Authority created Columbia Housing Authority
Developments, Inc. (CHAD) to expand its ability to pursue alternative
means to finance housing developments. As the non-profit arm of the
Housing Authority, CHAD has been instrumental in activities related to
providing affordable housing and bringing unique projects to the
residents of CHA.
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:
Gilbert Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-254-3886, ext. 211
Maria Ganogiannis, Foresters, 800-461-8431, ext. 4096, email@example.com
Alyssa Ross, KaBOOM!, 202-464-6162, firstname.lastname@example.org