Increasing Access to Play in KC

5/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

200 Community Volunteers Unite to Rebuild Playground

 
Volunteers from CarMax, Unified Government of Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation and the community will join KaBOOM! on June 5 to transform Pammy’s Playground at Bill Clem Park into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in Armourdale.
 
Pammy’s Playground was originally built in 2000 in memory of 10-year-old Pamela Butler and has served to improve the health, wellness, and social cohesion for kids in the community. Rebuilding Pammy’s Playground will give kids the opportunity to run, climb, jump and have fun with their friends and family on updated equipment that’s safer for use. In April, students at John Fiske Elementary came together to draw their dream playgrounds. The design for Pammy’s Playground is based off their drawings and will provide thousands of kids in Kansas City with a safe and enjoyable place to play over its lifetime.
 
The CarMax Foundation has provided the majority of the funding for the playground through its national partnership with KaBOOM!, supporting The Foundation’s commitment to furthering the cause of children’s healthy living. The project is among 68 new playspaces that The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! will create across the country by the end of 2021 – a $4.4 million investment. Through this partnership, KaBOOM! is creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated. 
 
WHEN:          June 5
                        8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.     Kick-off ceremony
                       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
                       2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.      Ribbon-cutting ceremony 
                       (Times approximate)
 
WHERE:        Pammy’s Playground
                       1005 Kansas Avenue
                       Kansas City, KS 66105
 
WHO:            Hundreds of community volunteers

Contack Parks and Recreation at 913-573-8327 if you want additonal information.