200 Community Volunteers Unite to Build a New Playground at Wooten Neighborhood Park
Volunteers from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), Austin Parks Foundation (APF) and the community will join KaBOOM! on Nov. 6 to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Wooten Neighborhood Park. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Austin.
Play is essential to physical, creative, cognitive, social and emotional development. Currently, the Wooten Neighborhood Park is without a playscape as the previous equipment received failing grades across the board from PARD’s conditional assessment. Through this playground project, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, PARD, APF and KaBOOM! will work together to make a difference in their community and address the most urgent needs of kids.
In September, kids from the surrounding community came together to draw their dream playground. The playground is based off their drawings and will provide thousands of kids in Austin with a great, safe place to play over its lifetime.
Community members are invited to volunteer for this special project. Registration is available online. There are three days of volunteer opportunities available. The first two, on Nov. 4 – 5, will be prep days and Nov. 6 will be the build day. No construction experience is necessary, and there are jobs available for all ability levels. All volunteers will be receiving a special KaBOOM! branded t-shirt.
WHEN: Nov. 6, 2019
8:30 to 9 a.m. - Kick-off ceremony
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Best viewing of playground construction
1 to 2:30 p.m. - Final construction phase
2:30 to 3 p.m. - Ribbon-cutting ceremony
WHERE: Wooten Neighborhood Park, 1500 Dale Drive Austin, TX 78757
WHO: Hundreds of community volunteers
Janet Mountain, Executive Director, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Bryan McNamara, Senior Project Manager, KaBOOM!
Leslie Pool, Council Member District 7
Ladye Anne Wofford, Chief Mission Officer, APF
Kimberly McNeeley, Director, PARD
For Media Inquiries on the day of the event:
Austin Parks & Recreation Department: John Nixon | 512-786-7794
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation: Meredith Young | 512-600-5545 | Meredith.Young@msdf.org
Austin Parks Foundation: Elsa Morales, Giant Noise | 512-382-9017 | firstname.lastname@example.org
KaBOOM!: Tamara Grider | 202-464-6196 | email@example.com
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