Foresters, KaBOOM! and volunteers bring families together with new playground in La Habra

Playground will enhance family and community well-being

LA HABRA, CA, June 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The La Habra community was revitalized today thanks to a new playground built at Descanso Park. In less than eight hours, more than 200 volunteers from ForestersTM, the City of La Habra, FreedomHouse and non-profit KaBOOM! created the new play space, which will serve 38,000 children and their families in the local community for years to come.

"A community's well-being starts with a child's well-being," said Kasia Czarski, senior vice president, chief membership and marketing officer, Foresters. "Playgrounds are important to communities, providing an open space where families spend quality time together and where children can play safely. We believe that an investment in a playground is an investment in family well-being, and we are happy to provide the La Habra community with a place that families can enjoy for years to come."

The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in March when community members met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters to design their dream playground. The drawings inspired the final playground design.

Since 2006, Foresters has invested over $10 million with KaBOOM! to build almost 120 playgrounds across the US and Canada by the end of 2015. Over their 15 year lifespan, these playgrounds will provide more than 3 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend quality time together and enhance family well-being.

"The City of La Habra is grateful to both KaBOOM! and Foresters for their generous support toward the construction of a new playground at Descanso Park," said La Habra Mayor Tom Beamish.  "We take great pride in our recreational program here in La Habra and our commitment to provide our residents – particularly children – as many opportunities as possible to get outside and be active.  The new playground at Descanso Park represents another destination in our community where families can build lifelong memories together and where kids can simply enjoy the act of play."

Another way Foresters advocates for family well-being is through its Tech Timeout™ challenge, which encourages families to take a pledge to turn off all electronic devices for an hour a day for one week and spend quality time together.  For more details, visit

Foresters is a founding member of the KaBOOM! Leadership Circle – a group of organizations providing long-term guidance and support to KaBOOM! and its mission. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of ensuring that all children get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults because #playmatters.

City of La Habra
Located at Orange County's northernmost corner, La Habra is 7.3 square miles with a population of 61,789 and approximately 21,000 households.  A vibrant community with a mix of residential, commercial, and retail uses, La Habra is conveniently located within an hour's drive to many of Southern California's finest beaches, mountain, and desert recreation areas.  Complementing the La Habra Chamber of Commerce's mission to "build a strong local economy," the City of La Habra is known far and wide by its mantra of "A Caring Community."  We accomplish this through our responsive law enforcement agency, outstanding recreational programs, a respect for our community coalition partners, support for local businesses, and dedication to excellence in public service.  

For 140 years, Foresters™, an international financial services provider, has fulfilled its purpose to enhance family well-being for its members and the communities where they live.   A fraternal benefit society, Foresters offers quality life insurance and investment products, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with more than one million members in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.  For more information, visit, and

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.

KaBOOM! is the 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. For more information, visit or follow the conversation on why #playmatters at or

SOURCE: Foresters

For further information: City of La Habra: Katie Elmore, 562-383-4205, ext. 4208,; Foresters: Maria Ganogiannis, 800-461-8431, ext. 4096,; KaBOOM!: Bruno Tager, 301-919-4482,


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