More than 200 volunteers from the City of Rockledge, the Rockledge Recreation Open-Space and Conservation (ROC) Foundation, Disney VoluntEARS, and local community residents came together today to assist KaBOOM! in building a much-needed playground and learning garden at Dr. Robert A. Anderson Park. In approximately six hours, the group constructed a safe new play space to serve more than 1,000 local children as a great place to play and learn about healthy living.
”We’re really pleased that we were able to partner with the Rockledge Recreation, Open-Space and Conservation Foundation, Disney and KaBOOM! on this genuine community effort,” said Rockledge City Manager Jim McKnight. “Creating safe play spaces for our children provides them with an increased number of opportunities to forge new friendships and engage in outdoor activities when they might not have had that chance otherwise,” McKnight said. “I’m really proud of what all of these dedicated volunteers accomplished today.”
Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in May when local children and community leaders met with organizers from Disney Cruise Line and KaBOOM! to design their dream playground. The children’s drawings were then used to create the final playground design which was partially inspired by the nautical theme of Disney Cruise Line and includes a climbing area that looks like the bow of a ship and a search for “sunken treasure” throughout the playground. Stepping stones and the picket fence in the learning garden area were decorated by crew members of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, who incorporated words such as “Play,” “Fun” and “Grow” in their native languages from around the world.
”The Rockledge Recreation, Open-Space and Conservation (ROC) Foundation is pleased to partner with the City, KaBOOM! and Disney to bring about the completion of this new playground.” said Larry Schultz President and CEO of the Rockledge ROC Foundation. “This project full fills a long standing need for a new, healthy and innovative play space in the City and demonstrates the ROC Foundation’s continuing commitment to improve the recreation opportunities for everyone in our community.”
”Every child deserves to have a great place to play and we’re thrilled to continue our work with Disney in striving toward that goal,” said Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! Founder & CEO. “Thanks to the efforts from Disney, KaBOOM!, the City of Rockledge and the Rockledge Recreation Open-Space and Conservation Foundation, we moved one step closer to the KaBOOM! vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.”
Disney is a KaBOOM! National Partner, and supports the nonprofit’s vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since 2011, Disney has pledged more than $3.5 million to help build 20 playgrounds and learning gardens with the participation of more than a thousand Disney VoluntEARS. At the end of 2012, Disney will have helped KaBOOM! build 30 playgrounds. These builds are an extension of Disney Magic of Healthy Living, an initiative that partners with parents to inspire kids to lead healthier lifestyles.
”The cast and crew members of Disney Cruise Line are thrilled to pitch in and help build a safe place for children to play and stay active while using their imagination and creativity,” said Disney Cruise Line President, Karl Holz. “It is especially meaningful for us to build this playground in Brevard County, near Port Canaveral. We continually strive to make a positive impact in the lives of our neighbors in all of our homeports and destinations around the world.”
“Only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground,” said Leslie Goodman, vice president, Disney Citizenship. “Disney is proud to join KaBOOM!, the City of Rockledge and the Rockledge Recreation Open-Space and Conservation Foundation to build a new playground for the community. Together, we hope to make places to play more accessible, and inspire kids and families to stay active.”