LET’S PLAY: DESIGNED BY KIDS, BUILT BY VOLUNTEERS
OAK HILL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, WORCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS, DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP, POLAR BEVERAGES AND KaBOOM! TEAM UP TO BUILD NEW PLAYGROUND IN JUST ONE DAY FOR CHILDREN
More than 200 volunteers from Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Polar Beverages, Oak Hill Community Development Corporation and Worcester Public Schools, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community will join forces on Saturday, Sept. 24 to build a new playground at Union Hill Elementary. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in July.
The project is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. The first Let’s Play initiative is a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM! to build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America. Dr Pepper Snapple Group is also a member of the leadership circle within the KaBOOM! National Partner Program.
The new playground will provide more than 500 children in the Worcester community with a safe place to play. Currently, the children who attend Union Hill Elementary and children living in the surrounding neighborhood do not have a playground within walking distance to enjoy.
Today’s kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This Play Deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically as well as mentally and socially. Children desperately need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy. KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. For 15 years, KaBOOM! has been fighting the Play Deficit and saving play by ensuring there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child.
WHEN: Saturday, September 24
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Kick off ceremony and volunteer deployment
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best viewing of playground construction
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Final construction phase and adjustments
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate new play area
(Note: all times approximate)
Union Hill Elementary School
1 Chapin St.
Worcester, MA 01604
Worcester Mayor Joe O’Brien;
Massachusetts State Senator Michael Moore;
Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Melinda Boone;
Hundreds of volunteers from the community
Before and after shots of the site
Volunteers assembling brightly colored playground equipment
Volunteers moving 43,740 square feet of safety surfacing by hand
Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground
About Oak Hill Community Development Corporation
Since 1972, Oak Hill Community Development Corporation has been working to improve the physical condition of the Union Hill, Oak Hill and Upsala Street neighborhoods of Worcester as we improve the quality of life and economic status of those that live and work here. We achieve this through focused lines of business goals in housing promotion and preservation with our NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center of Worcester (NW HOCW), and through our Community Development Agenda, which includes community engagement, rental property & asset management, real estate development, economic development, resident & youth employment, and leadership programming. Our overarching goal is to make the Oak Hill service area a place where people want to invest their time, money and energy to make a better life. Oak Hill Community Development Corporation’s Mission
: Oak Hill CDC creates opportunities to connect with resources, fosters leadership, and supports community members in their efforts to enhance and revitalize their neighborhoods.
About Worcester Public Schools
The Worcester Public Schools provides learners with a quality education in a safe and healthy environment. We believe that all students can achieve at high levels as they prepare to become productive citizens in our changing technological world. We are committed to supporting students, parents, educators, and citizens in their pursuit of learning.
About Polar Beverages
Polar Beverages is the largest privately-owned, soft-drink bottler in the United States. The company traces its history to 1882 and has a long established reputation for quality, strong customer relationships and brand loyalty. Polar's business segments include the company's flagship Polar brand, franchise national brands, new-age brands and private-label brands.
About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is the leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 9 of our 12 leading brands are No. 1 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes Sunkist soda, 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Crush, Mott's, Squirt, Hawaiian Punch, Penafiel, Clamato, Schweppes, Venom Energy, Rose's and Mr & Mrs T mixers. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit www.drpeppersnapple.com
About Let’s Play
Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) to get kids and families active nationwide. The first Let’s Play initiative is a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit that’s saving play. Together, through Let’s Play, DPS and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America. For more information, visit Let’s Play on Facebook at www.facebook.com/letsplay
or online at www.LetsPlay.com
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. 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. To fight this Play Deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! 15 years ago in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 85,000 places to play, built more than 2,000 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!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play
. 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 offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org