On Tuesday, November 19, children ages 2 – 13 will put crayon to paper and draw their dream playgrounds.Elements from the children’s drawings will be incorporated into the final design for the new community playground to be built on Friday, January 24 at Magnolia North Playground in Opa-locka, Fla.
Design Day will also be the first meeting of the playground planning committee that will work for the next nine weeks to plan and prepare for the construction of the new playground.MetLife Foundation, Opa-locka Community Development Corp., the City of Opa-locka and organizers from KaBOOM! are hosting Design Day for children from the local community.
Today, kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because 4-in-5 children do not live within walking distance of a park or playground(CDC, 2010). This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, emotionally and cognitively. Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy, something KaBOOM! has been committed to since 1996.
The new playground will provide more than 350 children in Opa-locka with a safe place to play. Currently, more than 100 Opa-locka kids every week enjoy outdoor playtime on jungle gyms at each of the city’s parks: Segal, Ingram and Sherbondy Village. Local residents access the city’s parks for after school, aquatic, sports programs and recreational fishing. The addition of the Magnolia North playground signifies great improvements made by community residents and partnering agencies to make the historic but distressed community safe for children to play.
The new play space is being funded through a grant from MetLife Foundation with Partner providing volunteers and sweat equity. The project is also one of more than 150 play spaces KaBOOM! Has built across the country in 2013 in an effort to provide a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.