Working right through the hard rain of the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea, over 200 volunteers constructed a playground at Bensley Community Center on Drewry’s Bluff Road in only one day. The playground was part of a program called KaBOOM! designed to get kids out from in front of the television and into the fresh air.
Only one in five children live within walking distance of a park or playground, and children ages eight to 12 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day in front of a screen. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively. A new partnership supports the KaBOOM! vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.
KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to bringing play to children who need it the most partnered with Chesterfield County Parks and Recs, CarMax, Chesterfield County Public Schools and Fit4Kids. The playground was built by volunteers in one day, but kids from the area have been involved from the beginning, and helped with the design process.
The partnership is a three-year commitment with three distinct impact areas. First, the 30 nationwide community-built playgrounds are designed by children and built by volunteers from local partners and thousands of CarMax associates. Second, The CarMax Foundation is donating 11 Imagination Playgrounds to select partner organizations.
This breakthrough playspace concept includes innovative, reconfigurable loose-parts for children to design their own playground. The third component of the partnership includes a collaboration to identify and eradicate “Play Deserts” – areas that have lots of kids but not enough places to play. For more information go to www.kaboom.org.