Friday, November 4, 2011

Help Build a Playground Tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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Here's something you can't do everyday.

Volunteers will gather at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at Santa Cruz Apartments, 3601 S. 16th Ave. to help build a 2,166-sqaure foot playground. It's not just any kind of playground, though. This one will also have senior- and adult-friendly areas. The estimated time for the ribbon-cutting is 2:30 to 3 p.m. Here's more information from a press release:

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC), Humana Inc., KaBOOM! (a national non-profit organization that has built more than 2,000 playgrounds) and volunteers will join forces on Saturday, Nov. 5 to build a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational playground in Tucson at Santa Cruz Apartments, a property owned and managed by Tiempo Inc. (a for-profit subsidiary of CPLC).

The customized playground, funded primarily by Humana (a leading health care company), was created with personal drawings and input from local community members — from children to seniors — and will be built in six hours!

Humana is proud to help create a lasting neighborhood legacy that promotes healthy play and well-being. The unique space will have senior-focused and adult elements, such as fitness stations and walking paths, to promote good posture, balance and flexibility — as well as more traditional, kid-friendly equipment to build a truly multi-generational space. The project will create a family reunion gathering area to inspire family picnics and get-togethers at the park for years to come.

The current outdoor space at Tiempo’s Santa Cruz Apartments does not provide adequate options to physically challenge the families and seniors who live in the complex. The addition of a new playground will reinvigorate the atmosphere of the outdoor space. Humana is excited to partner with KaBOOM! to build a new space for local residents of all ages/abilities; encourage physical activity and overall health and well-being; and provide a diverse community gathering area.

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